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Alma was formed from Willing, Nov. 23, 1854.  It is the central town on the south border of the county.  It is surrounded on the north by Scio and Wellsville, east by Willing, south by Pennsylvania and west by Bolivar.

The first settlement was made in 1833, by Warren Huff (Hough) from Quebec, Canada.  The first child born was Emeline, daughter of Azor Hurlburt, Sept. 1, 1836.  The first death was John Bagley, in 1838.  The first school was taught by Clarinda Kent, in 1839.  Azor Hurlburt kept the first inn in 1837, Samuel J. Peet the first store, in 1844.   John W. Post erected the first sawmill in 1843.  The first religious services were performed by Rev. Reuben Kent in 1838.  The first religious association (Methodist Episcopal) was formed in 1850. [Source: J.H.French, Gazetteer of State of New York, 1860]

Hamilton Child's 1875 Gazetteer - Alma

Cities, Villages and Hamlets

Alma - hamlet in the southwest corner of town

Allentown - hamlet in the northwest corner; once an oil boom town

Pikeville - hamlet in west part of town

Vosburg - location on west town line

Niles Hill

Town Historian
Ron Taylor
200 Rauber St.
Wellsville, NY 14895
Telphone: 585-593-6282
Town Clerk

Susan Mikalauskas
PO Box 67
Allentown, NY 14707

Telephone: 585-593-4021


  • Methodist class formed abt 1850
  • Seventh Day Baptist - see Wellsville
  • Niles Hill Seventy Day Adventist - 1862
  • University Mission Episcopal Church - Church was organized at Allentown in 1910 and closed in 1917


  • Alma Cemetery - code #3-1; (Town 1, Range 2MR, lot 26), Hunt Creek Road
  • Allentown Cemetery - code #3-2; (lot 1), Rte. 17
  • Bellamy Cemetery - code #3-3; (lot 6) Bellamy Road; also known as Niles Hill cemetery
  • Sunnyside Cemetery - County Route 18, just off Route 38, close to the village of Alma.

*code #s refer to the Allegany County Cemetery Index card file at the Allegany County Historical Society and LDS Family History Library microfilm. See Western New York Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. II, No. 1

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