Allegany County, New York

Allegany County, NY was founded in 1806


Allegany County was formed April 7, 1806 from Genesee county. A portion of Steuben county was annexed March 11, 1808. Portions of Allegany county were set off to Genesee in 1811, to Wyoming and to Livingston in 1846. Another portion of Allegany county was set off to Livingston in 1856. Allegany county lies upon the south line of the State, west of the center.

The two western tiers of towns in this county were included in the Holland Land Purchase, and the remaining part belonged to the Morris Reserve. John B. Church became the owner of 100,000 acres of this tract. His son, Judge Philip Church, subsequently became the proprietor of one half, or 50,000 acres, and the pioneer settler of the tract at Angelica, in 1804. A few settlers had previously located at different points in the valley of the Genesee; and the settlement of the county may be said to have commenced with the century. [Source: J. H. French, Gazetteer of State of New York, 1860, p.168]

In 1806 part of Genesee was taken and organized into Allegany county. It included all the parts of Genesee county, beginning in the SE corner and running northerly 42 miles along the western boundary of Steuben and Ontario counties; westerly 38 miles along the dividing lines of townships 7 and 8; to the northwest corner of township number 7 in the 5th range of the Holland Land Company's land; southerly 40 miles along the eastern boundary of the 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 3d, 2d, and 1st townships of the 5th range of the Holland Land Company's Pennsylvania line; easterly 38 miles along the Pennsylvania line to the place of beginning.



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Neighboring Counties

 Cattaraugus County
Livingston County
Steuben County
Wyoming County
Potter County, Pennsylvania
McKean County, Pennsylvania


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  Special Thanks to Kim Harris Myers, former NY state coordinator, and Susan Mundy, former Allegany Co. coordinator
Vivian Karen Bush, former site coordinator
Linda Schwind for many of the links and pictures on this site.
Kelly Taft Krause, Rita Jacobs, Bernice Perry, Neva Gross, and Judy Cwiklinski for their contributions to this site and the Archives
Carol Barber, for many of the obituaries on the Obituary Board.
Kim Tait, for many, many hours of typing to change a certain correction
Fawn Waters, for contributing old newspaper copies of the Wellsville Daily Reporter
Wellsville Daily Reporter, for permission to post information from old issues
Charlie Barrett, for cemetery lists and many answers to queries
Marlene Krenshaw for photographs on the various town pages.
Gerri Raw for Angelica Collectanea



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