The Glass Factory in Clyde
Welcome to the Galen township page. My name is Patti Norton and I am the Township Coordinator for Galen. I would like to hear ideas and requests for information that you would like to see here. If any one has information about Galen and her inhabitants that would help fellow researchers, I would be happy to transcribe it.
I started researching my family about four years ago and was thrilled to find that one of my family lines first settled in Wayne County, only about an hour from where I live in Central New York. My maternal Grandmother, Helen Roy is descended from Coll Roy and wife Elizabeth (Mc Ara) from Perthshire, Scotland. They settled with their children (in the part of Wayne that was originally Phelps, Ontario County) in time to appear in the 1800 census. Coll had a son and a daughter that settled in Galen. James lived on a farm near Creagher's Bridge "two miles east of Lyons on the right bank of the river". Janet married Isaac Mills, who was an early settler of Galen from Orange County, but I know little more of her. James followed his sons to LaGrange County, Indiana about 1842. One of Coll's grandsons, Israel (son of John), settled in Galen near Lock Berlin. His descendants were in Galen until the early 1900s.
|PROFILE OF GALEN, WAYNE COUNTY, NEW YORK|
From the 1860 Gazetteer of the State of New York, by J. H. French
GALEN - was formed from Junius (Seneca co.) Feb. 14, 1812. Savannah was taken off in 1824. It lies on the S. border of the co., E. of the center. Its surface is hilly in the E., but more level in the W. In the S. W. is a large tract of swamp land. Clyde River (1) flows through the town from W. to E. in a circuitous course. The soil is a rich, sandy and gravelly loam. Clyde, (2) (p.v.) near the center, on Clyde River, was incorp. May 2, 1835. The canal passes through the village; it is also a station on the N. Y. C. R. R. It contains 6 churches, a high school (3), 2 banks, a newspaper office, a glass factory, and several other manufactories. (4) Pop. 1,856. Marengo, (p.v.) in the S. part, contains a church and 20 houses; Lock Berlin (p.v.) in the W. part, on the canal, a church and 30 houses. Angells Corners, in the S. E., and Meadville, in the E., are hamlets. The first settlement was commenced by Loammi Bedell, in 1800. (5) The first church (Presb.) was organized July 8, 1814. (6) Borings for salt water in the vicinity of Clyde have been made, but without success. One of the wells emitted inflammable gas; the well was soon filled up.
|PROFILE OF GALEN, WAYNE COUNTY, NEW YORK|
From the 1824 Gazetteer of the State of New York, by Horatio Gates Spafford
GALEN, a Post-Township of Seneca County, 12 miles N. of Waterloo, bounded N. by Wolcott, E. by Cayuga County, S. by Junius, W. by Ontario County. Its extent is about 14 miles E. and W., and 8 N. and S., being the Military Township of the same name, erected into a separate town, from Junius, in 1812, containing about 70000 acres. The surface is undulated, approaching a hilly character, by ridges running in a N. and S. direction. The soil for the most part good, except about 4000 acres of Marsh, part of the great Cayuga Marshes. The outlet of Canandaigua Lake, after receiving Mud Creek, in Lyons, turns eastward, enters this town near its SW corner, bears NE. to the Village of Clyde, (formerly the Block House), and thence SE and across the NE corner of Junius, where it enters the Seneca River. The name of Clyde has lately been applied to this stream, from its junction with Mud Creek to its mouth. The Erie Canal passes through the whole extent of this town, along the Clyde, a name that stream may well take, shorter than the old, a phrase for a name. There is a Salt Spring on the eastern margin, capable of supplying any quantity of water of good quality. Extensive works were erected for the manufacture of salt, some years since, but from some cause the operations have been discontinued. There are 2 villages in this Town, each of which has a Post-Office and a weekly mail. Clyde V., on the Clyde River, has about 20 buildings, with some mills, and has also the Erie Canal, and the Galen Post-Office. The Post-Village of Marengo, has a small collection of houses. The Seneca River, issuing northward from the Cayuga Lake, runs 9 miles along the E. boundary, receiving a small stream from Wolcott across the NE corner, but with all these streams, Galen is very indifferently supplied with mill seats. Population, 2979: 666 farmers, 118 mechanics, 7 traders; 7 foreigners not naturalized; 16 free blacks, 1 slave; taxable property, $429149; 21 schools, 7 months in 12; $106.90; 678; 718; 608 electors; 5994 acres of improved land; 2395 cattle, 370 horses, 3837 sheep; 18099 yards of cloth; 1 grist mill, 4 saw mills, 1 fulling mill, 1 carding machine, 1 distillery, 10 asheries.
|"GRIP'S" HISTORICAL SOUVENIR OF CLYDE - 1905|
POSTOFFICE - In 1817 a postoffice was established at Lauraville called Galen. James Humeston was appointed postmaster and the office was located in Humeston's tavern. In 1826 through the influence of Congressman Robert Rose and Wm. S. Stow the name of the postoffice was changed to Clyde and the office was located on the north side of the river. Dr. Wells was the first postmaster Sylvester Clark followed Dr. Wells. Dr. James Dickson, a physician and merchant, who died from cholera in 1832, was the third postmaster. James Humeston, the fourth, Aaron Griswold, the fifth, Col. P.V.N. Smith, the sixth, appointed by President Harrison, August Kellog, the seventh postmaster, appointed by President Tyler, Joseph D. Stone, the eighth, appointed during President Tyler's administration, Jacob T. VanBuskirk, the ninth, appointed by President Taylor, and James Chapman, the tenth, appointed by the succeeding national administration, served until 1862. Samuel S. Morley, in 1862 was appointed postmaster by President Lincoln.
Current Place Names in the Town of Galen:
Angells Corner, Clyde, Fergusons Corners, Hunt Corners, Lock Berlin, Lockpit, Marengo, Noble Corner, Shepards Corner, White Schoolhouse Corners.
Galen Resources on this site:
1867 Directory of Galen
1869-1870 Clyde Business Directory
1886 -1887 Directory of Clyde, Surnames "A" through "I"
1886 - 1887 Directory of Clyde, Surnames "J" through "R"
1886 - 1887 Directory of Clyde, Surnames "S" through "Z"
1891 Directory of Clyde
Property Owners of the Town of Galen, 1891
1914 Farm Directory of Galen
History of the Town of Galen, Part 1
History of the Town of Galen, Part 2
Index to "Grip's"1905 Historical Souvenir of Clyde
Ambrose F. Grow's Reminiscences of Galen
Galen & Clyde, N.Y. Photo Album
Lock Berlin Cemetery
Maple Grove Cemetery: Town of Galen:
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Old Galen, Messner Farm, and Craeger Bridge Cemeteries
Old Quaker Cemetery at Marengo
More Small Cemeteries of the Town of Galen: Mead, Lock Pit, and various un-named small plots
White Schoolhouse Cemetery
1874-75 Galen Marriage and Death Records
1847 Galen Birth Records
Some Early 1880s Galen Marriages
Wayne County Deaths 1847
Town of Galen Marriages 1901
Some Late 19th Century Death Records
Misc. 1890s Galen and Clyde Death Records
Galen Death Records 1910-1914
Students of Clyde High School, 1902-1903
Students of Clyde, 1902-1903
Historical Women Firsts of Wayne County
Tipling & Brown Family Bible Inscriptions
Memorabilia of the Tipling Family
Civil War Pension Witnesses of John Welch
Revolutionary War Pension Application of Beeri Foote of Galen
Obituaries of the Wykle Family
History of Clyde Masonic Lodge
Clyde Historical Tidbits
Clyde Grange Springtime Jubilee 1947
1899 Clyde Street Fair & Catholic Carnival
Photos of the Clyde Blockhouse
Photos of Clyde Village Park
Clyde & Galen Historical Photos from the C-S Public Library: link to another website
April 26, 1888 Clyde Times Newspaper
19th Century Reminiscences of Albert G. Graham: added 3/6/14
Clyde-Savannah Public Library: an external link that will open in a new browser window or tab
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