Early Days of the Tonawandas

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Early Days of the Tonawandas

Description

These book excerpts and articles shed light on the earliest days of the Tonawandas, as well as the nearby villages of Martinsville, Sawyer's Station, Gratwick and Ironton that would be incorporated into the city of North Tonawanda in 1897. 

Bibliography:
  • History of Erie County - Town of Tonawanda chapter includes Carrs (Kerrs), Van Slyke, Anguish, War of 1812 anecdotes including Mrs. Francis (A daughter of Robert Simson) too sick to flee her log tavern on the north side of the creek and only north side building not burned in 1813. Carney's unexpected finding house in 1816 on Tonawanda Island. Dam and lock in 1823 as first improvements.
  • 1777 map shows future NT still part of Iroquois land? Outside of New York State at least.

Items

Letter of William Williams describing Tonawandas prospects, transcribed (1835-04-21).jpeg

Letter of William Williams describing Tonawandas prospects (1835-04-21).jpeg

Tonawanda April 21, 1835
H. Huntington, Esq.

Respected and Dear Sir,

Your favor of 11th inst was this morning received, postmarked 13th…

Early sketch of Tonawanda (Pioneer History of the Holland Purchase of Western New York, 1849).jpg

Early sketch of Tonawanda (Pioneer History of the Holland Purchase of Western New York, 1849).jpg

Briefly mentions slow start of the area due to flooding problems, and the importance of the state ditches of 1840. Also: exhaustion of local "fine…

Pioneer History of the Holland Purchase, complete book (Orasmus Turner, 1849).pdf

Orasmus cover.jpg

Embracing Some Account of the Ancient Remains ... and a History of Pioneer Settlement Under the Auspices of the Holland Company; Including…

Gazetteer and business directory of Niagara County (1869), Biographical and portrait cyclopedia of Niagara County (1892), other books.htm

Gazetteer and business directory of Niagara County for 1869, title page (1869).jpg

Four books scanned into one: History of Montgomery and Fulton Counties, N.Y., 1878 (p1) Gazetteer and business directory of Niagara County for…

Description of Village of Tonawanda, book excerpt (Commerce, Manufactures and Resources of Buffalo and Environs, 1880).jpg

Description of Village of Tonawanda, book excerpt (Commerce, Manufactures and Resources of Buffalo and Environs, 1880).jpg

General progress and development to date. Lumber feet by year. Accounts of Tonawanda Herald and Index, as well as many lumber concerns such as J. A.…

Tonawanda News, full paper (1896-06-01).pdf

North Tonawanda NY Evening News 1896 Grayscale - 0626.pdf

After this date, the microfilm record of the paper is silent until November 1st, and the (remote) lighting of the "New Niagara Furnace" at the…

The Town of Wheatfield, transcribed chapter (Landmarks of Niagara County, 1897).pdf

History of Wheatfield (Chapter XII from Landmarks of Niagara County, 1897).pdf

CHAPTER XXII.

THE TOWN OF WHEATFIELD.

Wheatfield is the last town organized in Niagara County, and was set off from Niagara May 12, 1836. It…

NT was one of last cities of Niagara County, article p1 (Williams, WPA, 1936-09-19, 2408).jpg

NT was one of last cities of Niagara County, article p1 (Williams, WPA, 1936-09-19, 2408).jpg

Recounts early history of Goundry, Sweeney; Settlers Burges, Pettit, Carney and more; incorporation etc.

History of the Twin Cities by Mrs. Elias Root.htm

Mrs. Elias Root published her "complete" and "authentic" history in the Tonawanda News in a series of articles in 1947. - - - - La Salle and…

Myths and Travel Tales, Niagara illustrations, excerpt (Chapter XII - History of the Niagara Frontier, Wilner, pp. 533-547, 1931).pdf

Chapter XII Myths and Tales, excerpt , from a History of the Niagara Frontier.pdf

(Click 1st image to view PDF). Repeats false Sacrifice to the Falls ("Maid of the Mist") story, The Place of Peace, Fate of the Peace Queen, Flight of…