Town of Coldspring - 1837

Pioneers of Cattaraugus County

Early pioneer landowners, taken from the 1819 Holland Land Company Records were Artemas Houghton, Philip Tome, Jesse Hotchkiss, Isaac Dow and Milton Holmes.

Philip Tome came from Susquehanna, Pennsylvania as early as 1818 and is believed to be the first white settler in town. He was a hunter and trapper, taking large numbers of elks, which were plentiful at that time. He was also a great lumberman, claiming to have run the first raft (60,000 feet) of lumber down the Allegany River. Several of his sons still lived in Willow Creek in 1878, and it was there that Philip Tome died.

Shortly after Mr. Tome, came three other pioneers, Mr. Conn, and James and Robert Pease, who only stayed a short while before moving on.

Jesse Hotchkiss came in 1819.

Isaac Merrill came from Oneida County in 1822, locating on lot 54 in the northwest corner of town. He was born in Connecticut ,April, 1779 and died in Randolph, Oct. 17, 1858. His wife, Rebecca Benedict was born in Connecticut , March 1781, and died in Coldspring, Sept 1864. A son, Isaac N, lived on Lot 50 in Napoli in 1878.

Early settlers included: Charles Crook came from Holland, in Erie County , in March 1822. He was born in 1751, and had fought in the army under Washington for several years. He located on Lot 32, in lower Hardscrabble, and built a shanty, a saw mill on Cold Spring Creek with Joshua Basson in 1822. His wife, Polly Chandler, was born in 1759 in New England, and died in Coldspring in 1833. Two of his sons, Stephen and Asa, died in Illinois . A third son, Elijah, was living in Indiana and running a boat on the Mississippi, when he left his home for a trip and was never heard from by his family again. Nathan, another son, was living on Lot 16, in the Bunker Hill Section, in 1878, and at that time was the oldest living settler in Coldspring. The Crooks were responsible for the first orchard, in 1823; the first frame barn in 1825; and the first sawmill. Joshua Basson, who came from Massachusetts in 1820. Other early settlers included: Eastman Prescott and his father, in the south part, and Isaac Merrill, in the north part in 1821.

 The first child born was Martha, to Charles Crook, Jr and his wife, Sally Ballard in 1824; the first death was Miss Jones in fall of 1821.

The first school was taught by Miss E. Sanford, in 1831 . Philenus Hall kept the first inn and the first store, in 1822 .


Town Historian

Doris Van Sickle
10292 Blood Rd
Randolph, NY 14772
(716) 354-6505

Town Clerk

Lori Stacey
P.O. Box 47
Steamburg, NY 14783


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