Friendship was formed from Caneadea on March 24, 1815. Cuba was taken off in 1822 and Bolivar in 1825, and a part of Wirt in 1838. Friendship is an interior town, lying a little southwest of the center of the county.
The first settlement was make in Nov. 1806 by Richard Friar, from Kingston, Ulster county. John Harrison and Simon and Zebulon Gates settled in June 1807. The first birth was Sherman Haskins, in a sugar camp, March 1808. The first marriage was James Sanford and Sally Harrison in Dec 1809. The first death was Hattie Friar in Dec. 1806. The first school was taught by Pelatiah Morgan in the winter of 1810-11. Simon Gates opened the first inn in May 1808 and Stephen Smith the first store in the spring of 1818. Sylvanus Meriman and Aaron Axtell built the first gristmill in 1810. Ebenezer Steenrod built the first sawmill in 1815 and a mill for wool carding and cloth dressing in 1816. The first religious service was held in a barn by Samuel Vary in July 1810. The first church (Presbyterian) was formed by Rev. Robert Hubbard in the spring of 1813. [Source: J.H.French, Gazetteer of State of New York, 1860]
The poet says "'tis but a name
A simple charm that lulls to sleep,
A shade that follows wealth or fame
And leaves the heart to sadly weep."
Me thinks 'tis nobler far than this,
The spirit which can soften grief
And turn the bitter hour to bliss
And bring the darkest hopes relief.
When Fortune smiles, in Summer days,
When roses in your pathway lie,
That Flat'ring voice sings tuneful lays.
I shus'd when Winter's gloom is nigh
A gilded toy may charm the eye,
Whilst sterling gold is put aside.
The Fire of Time alone can try
The worth, the truth, the depth beside.
As little like the metal pure
As dross beside the shining gold,
Time as the test is ever sure
The worthless parts to all unfold.
Friendship, April 1880. R.C.H. [Richard C. Hill]
|Friendship - a hamlet in the center of town; originally known as "Fighting Corners" because local feuds. See the Wikipedia article on Friendship.
|Nile - a hamlet near the south town line.|
|Higgins - located near the east town line.|
Friendship Town Historian
Friendship Town Clerk
|1855 Friendship||1865 Friendship|
Interesting Figures. - According to the (1880) census returns just completed Mrs. Lydia Carter aged 95, is the oldest lady in town and Thomas Pierce aged 92, is the oldest man. There is only one person entirely blind. In the past year there were only 19 deaths. There are in town 1617 cows, 612 horses, 1732 sheep and 1114 lambs. The total population of Friendship village is 1137, of the town 2242. We are indebted to the courtesy of Enumerator S. E. Latta for this data. [Friendship Chronicle, Vol. 1, No. 22, July 7, 1880.]
July 10, 1822
Church of Nile
|St. Andrews Episcopal
*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
|The Friendship Chronicle
Friendship photographs were taken by J. Saunders Studio of Alfred and Friendship. They were contributed by Sharon Mountford.