1843 Student List
TOWN of BUTLER
WAYNE COUNTY, NY
THE TOWN OF BUTLER COBBLESTONE SCHOOLHOUSE was built by 1824 and is located at the
intersection of Route 89 and Van Vleck Road in the Town of Butler, Wayne County, NY.
The school is often referred to as the Watson Schoolhouse. It is believed to be one
of the very oldest cobblestones. Rather than using the smooth lake pebbles
characteristic of later cobblestone buildings, it is constructed of rough
fieldstones that were taken from the property on which it rests. Some of the stones
were split in half because of their larger size.
A deed obtained from the Wayne County Clerk's office states that ownership of the
school building was transferred from Daniel Roe to the school trustees, i.e. Paul H. Davis,
Thomas Armstrong, and Joseph Watson in 1824. Mr. Roe arrived in the Town of Butler in 1812
with his wife and 13 children. He was instrumental in bringing Methodism to the area, had an early
post office in his home, and is credited with the building of the first schoolhouse in the town.
His farm house, barn, and the Roe Family Cemetery are situated just to the north of the school on Rt. 89.
William Lattin, Director of the Cobblestone Society at Childs, NY, says that the period of
cobblestone construction was between the completion of the Erie Canal (1820's) and the beginning
of the Civil War (1860's). Ninety percent of cobblestone buildings can be found within a 75 mile radius of Rochester, NY.
WATSON COBBLESTONE SCHOOL STUDENTS - 20 NOVEMBER, 1843
(Note: The school book containing this information can be accessed at the Office of the
Wayne County Historian, 9 Pearl Street, Lyons, NY).
WOODWORTH, William M.
ABRAMS, Henry D.
ABRAMS, Thomas H.
CRAW, Rhoda S.
WOODWORTH, Sarah A.
BAKEMAN, Mary Ann
ABRAMS, Merrissa A.
WINEGAR, George W.
Ashbel B. Winegar swears these are the students of District # 1, Town of Butler
for the quarter beginning 13 November, 1843. Sworn before Anias Hopkins.
TO BE CONTINUED.
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