James M. Smith was the son of Amasa and Mercy Burroughs Smith. He was born in Marcelllus, NY on September 5, 1813. When James was 15 years old his father moved the family westward. Amasa had been a soldier in the War of 1812 and moved to Mansfield, NY settling on Lot 39 in 1828. Amasa served as justice of the peace as early as 1834. He died on November 24, 1846.
It was April 13, 1820, when the town of Yorkshire was formed and the first town meeting was scheduled to "be held at the house of Robert Steele, in said town, on the first Tuesday of March next". At this meeting on March 6, 1821, town officers were elected to the positions of supervisor, town clerk, assessors, collector, commissioners of highways, overseers of the poor, and commissioners of common school. The first supervisor elected was Samuel G. Sulton.
The toughest man ALL AROUND. This is ALBERT FRANCE, who's nick name was "Ab". Albert France was born in the France Brook area of the town of Red House, back in 1839, and lived his entire life there, as he Died in 1897, at the age of 58 years old.
Early on the Township [of Lyndon ] was divided into sections and all the 'roads' therein were under the direction of path masters or overseers. These people directed the efforts of the residents on each road in maintaining them and making improvements and reported to a town commisssioner.
Lydon prospered and peaked about 1870. Farmers owned their farms and had money in the bank. Cheese factories were busy and even a narrow gauge railway skirted the eastern end of Lyndon on its way from Rushford to Cuba. Then the decline set in as settlers, particularly their children, began to move further west to more productive land. The lure of steady income from the growing industrialization of the country drew even more people away from the farms.
Locating information related to old buildings in townships is very difficult.The Fish Hill Tavern in the Town of Mansfield has held interest for many years as one of the resting stops on the Old Chautauqua Road. This article from the viewpoint of Mr. Windsor is another tale of the area.
This house, long known as “Fish Tavern” was built in the early 1800’s by Nathaniel Fish, who came here from Sandwich, Mass., March 1, 1812. Shortly thereafter he built this house and opened it as an inn or place of entertainment, the first in the town of Mansfield, then named Cecilius.
This house, the first frame house to built in the town of Mansfield, being located on the Chautauqua Road, was a welcome haven of rest for many a weary traveler moving west during the “Great Migration”.
This is a photo of the Miller Block in the village of Allegany that was built by John Miller in 1883.Photo circa 1893-96. The buildings are still there, minus the 3rd floor that was lost to fire in the 1920s. Picture submitted by F. Potter
The History of Cattaraugus County by Everts 1879 describes the Valley of Zoar as containing from 800 to 1000 acres of bottom lands, situated along both sides of Cattaraugus Creek, and in the southwest part of the Town of Collins [in Erie County], the northeast part of the Town of Otto, and the northwest corner of East Otto.
This obituary was found while I was doing family history research. Unfortunately it was submitted without identifying the source. While Mr. Lenoard is described as an East Otto native son, it should be noted he lived in the Towns of Mansfield and Little Valley as well as several states.
November 2, 1934, East Otto: The body of Sidney Leonard 89, last survivor of East Otto's native sons who took part in the Civil War was brought to the East Otto cemetery Thursday for burial, preceded by funeral services at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bell Blackman, New Albion.
In the town of Mansfield we are fortunate that one of the residents saved memorabilia. The museum now has possession of several "shool souvenir" booklets that Mae collected through her years in the one room school house. These are small cardboard printed items sometimes with pages containing poems and the list of students for the school year. The tiny booklet is about 2 inches by 3 inches and lists the school, teacher and students as well as a trustee, or other official.