|Town of Franklinville|
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This information came from the files of Joie Wilson, formerly the Franklinville Town Historian and the section editor for Franklinville on the Cattaraugus County website.
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The Town of Franklinville, first named Hebe, was formed from Olean, on June 16, 1824. Its name was changed to Ischua on April 17, 1816, and to Franklinville , on March 3, 1824. A part of Perrysburgh was taken off in 1814, Ellicottville, Freedom, and Yorkshire in 1820, Farmersville in 1821, and Lyndon in 1829. It is an interior town, lying northeast of the center of the county. Its surface is undulating and hilly. The principal streams are Ischua and Great Valley Creeks.
Franklinville is a postal village on Ischua Creek in the northeast corner of the town. In 1860, it contained 2 churches, 2 sawmills and 370 inhabitants.
Cadiz was a postal village that a had church and several mills. Its population, in 1860, was 165.
The first settlement in the village of Franklinville, by Joseph McClure, originally from Vermont, in March 1806. Mr. McClure was an agent and surveyor of the Holland Land Company and located his lot in 1805. He was a leading man in the town for many years, filled the principal town offices, served with the rank of Captain on the Niagara frontier, in the War of 1812, and represented the county in the Assembly of 1814-1815.
Other early settlers included: David McClure, in 1806; Thomas Morris and Henry Conrad, in 1807, and Timothy Butler, Jeremiah Burroughs, and Daniel Cortwright, soon after, all in the valley of Ischua Creek. The first child born was Hiram W, son of David McClure, on April 30, 1806.
The first school was taught by John McClure, in 1809. In 1806, the first inn was opened, by Joseph McClure; and the first store was opened in 1816 by Thomas Morris at or near Franklinville village. Henry Conrad built the first gristmill, in 1808, and the first sawmill in 1809 at Cadiz.
Franklinville Township Section EditorJoan C Wilson
2439 Lyndon POB 291
Franklinville, NY 14737
email: Joan C Wilson
Franklinville Town HIstorianBruce Fredrickson
PO Box 166
Franklinville, NY 14737
(716) 676-2590 (H)
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