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Scio was formed from Angelica on Jan 31, 1823.  A part of Amity was taken off in 1830, a part of Willing in 1851, and a part of Wellsville in 1855.  It is an interior town, lying southeast of the center of the county.

The first settlement was made at the mouth of Knights Creek, in 1805, by Joseph Knight and his son Silas, from Oneida county.  Silas Bellamy and Silas Palmer settled in 1809, the former at Scio Village and the latter in the north part of the town.  Polly, daughter of Silas Knight was the first child born in 1806 and the first one that died in 1808.  The first marriage was Silas Bellamy and Betsey Knight in 1809.  The first school was taught by Lucy Moore near the village in 1816.  Alfred Johnson kept the first inn in 1821.  The first sawmill was erected in 1822 and the first gristmill in 1823 by Benjamin Palmer.   [Source: J.H.French, Gazetteer of State of New York, 1860, p.168]

Hamilton Child's 1875 Gazetteer - Scio

Cities, Villages and Hamlets

Scio - hamlet near the north town line

Norton Summit - north of Petrolia

Petrolia - hamlet near the south town line

Knight Creek - hamlet near south town line

Town Historian
Harry Blossom
3095 Pixley Hill Rd.
Scio, NY 14880
Telphone: 585-593-1490
Town Clerk

Wendy Kinney
PO Box 105
Scio, NY 14880

Telephone: 585-593-5777


  • Methodist Episcopal - first class abt. 1825
  • Seventh-day Baptist - organized 1834
  • Church of Christ - organized 1861


  • Fairlawn Cemetery - code #24-1; (lot 58), N.Y. Rte. 19
  • St. Joseph's Cemetery - code #24-2; (lot 6), Cottage Bridge Road
  • Palmer Cemetery - code #24-3; (lot 6), Back River Road
  • Middaugh Cemetery - code #24-4; (lot 3), Middaugh Hill Road
  • Knights Creek - code #24-5; (lot 36), County Road 9 & Morgan Hill Road
  • Weinhaur Hill Cemetery - code #24-6; (lot 34), Morgan Hill Road
  • Rogers Cemetery - on the Genesee River bank; twice washed out. - DAR List

*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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