Yates County, New York
Schools for the Town of Jerusalem
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History & Directory of Yates County, Volume I
Pub 1873 by Stafford C. Cleveland, pg 572-573
JERUSALEM SCHOOL DISTRICTS pg 572 - 575
In 1814 Jerusalem was divided into 8 school districts, by Elijah BOTSFORD, Achilles COMSTOCK and Ebenezer SLAWSON, Commissioners of Schools. In 1823 the town had fourteen school districts and $297.19 of public money for schools. Henry SNAPP, Jonathan WELDON and John B. CHASE were Commissioners of Schools. Joel DORMAN, Elenezer SHATTUCK, Jonathan WELDON, Dr. Ezekiel B. PULLING, Jacob HERRICK, Zabina C. ANDRUSS, Benjamin STODDARD, John COLEMAN, Albert R. COWING and William MOORE were Commissioners before 1830.
A partial survey of Col. WILLIAMSON’s land on Bluff Point was made by Peter C. LOOP in November, 1813, for the WILLIAMSON heirs. The surveyor describes the lots to No. 8, and mentions the owners. Beginning on the Beddoe line, lot 1 (Silas NASH), of 77 acres, ‘is a very good lot;’ Lot 2 (Azor NASH), 114 acres, “also a good lot;” Lot 3 (William BOYD), 159 acres, “very fine grass land;” Lot 4 (Hugh HERRICK), the south line striking the school house or log church, 154 acres, much like No. 3; Lot 5 (William GRANT), 105 acres; Lot 6, east part (John FINCH), 117 acres, “about the best land on the Bluff;” Lot 6, west part (Jonathan FINCH), 189 acres, “a part very steep, the residue very good land;” Lot 7, east part (Calvin COLE and Isaac HEWITT), 116 acres, “a very good lot;” No. 8, east part, 28 on county map (John BEAL), 204 acres, “a very good lot of land, mostly level, about 80 acres improved and well fenced.” A small marsh is noted as covered with “black alder and Tamarag.”
In 1860 Daniel LYNN while engaged in pulling stumps on the ELLSWORTH farm, west of the inlet near Branchport, raised one under which was found a collection of boulders of moderate size, which had been gathered with care to form a mound or burial urn. It was found by a careful examination that the body had been walled about and a fire burned over it. The ashes and coal of the wood and the charred remains of the subject were clearly distinguishable. A portion of the skull and a thigh bone were in a fair state of preservation. It is most probable that this was the burial place of some chieftain among the red men. The tree which had grown on this spot was thirty-two inches in diameter, and must have been growing five hundred years ago, judging from the concentric rings of its trunk and adding the period since it was cut down. The locality was a wonderful thicket of over one hundred large trees, standing on a single acre, and several acres being thus thickly wooded with pine. As pine only starts in open ground, the place was perhaps once an open plain or an Indian cornfield.
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