Link: I have recently started a rootsweb freepage of Central
New York Families. Included on that page is a descendants chart of the
Family of Orwell and Boylston areas of Oswego County. This is
all documented research (years of research).
Information was obtained from the Historical & Statistical Gazetteer of New York State, R. P. Smith, Publisher, Syr., 1860, by J. H. French.
ORWELL-----was formed from Richland, Feb 28, 1817, and Boylston was taken off in 1828. A part of Richland was annexed March 27, 1844. It is an interior town, lying N.E. of the center of the co. The surface has a S.W. inclination, its E. border being elevated 300 to 500 feet above its W. and 700 to 1,000 feet above Lake Ontario. It is moderately hilly, and is considerably broken in places by the deep ravines of the streams. Upon Salmon River is a fall worthy of note. The stream flows over a rocky bed in a series of rapids for 2 mi. and then falls over a precipice 110 feet perpendicular. The banks of the stream below the fall are 200 feet high. The soil is generally a gravelly loam. The E. half of the town is yet uncultivated. Lumber and other products of wood form the leading articles manufactured; and considerable attention is given to stock raising and dairying.5Orwell Corners, (p.o.,) in the W. part, contains 1 church, 3 stores, an inn, a sawmill, a gristmill, a tannery, a steam cabinet factory, and about 40 houses. Maline is a hamlet in the S. part. The first settlers were Nathaniel BENNETT and his son Nathaniel, from Rensselaer co., N.Y., on Lots 82 and 83, and Capt. NOYES, on Lot 29, in 1806. 6 There are 3 religious societies in town.7
5. There are 16 sawmills, 16 shingle mills, a gristmill, and a tannery in town.
6. Among the early settlers were Benj. REYNOLDS, Joshua HOLLIS, Alden, Gilbert, and Timothy BALCH.
The first marriage was that of Robert WOOLEY and a daughter of Nathaniel BENNETT, sen., in 1807
The first death, that of the mother of Timothy BALCH, in 1810.
The first school was taught by Jesse AIKEN, in 1810.
Joseph WATSON built the first sawmill, in 1810, and Jonah THOMPSON the fist gristmill, in 1816.
7. M.E. Presb., and Bap. A Union church at Orwell Corners is occupied by the Presb. and Bap. societies.
Message on back of postcard, postmarked July 4, 1911:
Dear Mother & Father,Mrs. John Howard
We are in Orwell & will send you a card. We are both well & hope you are all the same.