Old Brutus Historical Society
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A 1790 map of the original Military Tract Township of Brutus from the NY State Archives resides on the Internet at:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycayuga/maps/miltract/Brutus_Cropped.jpg
A chart showing the relationship between the 8 original Military Tract Townships of circa 1789 that evolved to become the current towns of Cayuga County is available on the Internet in PDF format courtesy of Bernie Corcoran at:  http://www.rootsweb.com/~nycayuga/land/towns/Town_Chart.pdf
A Summary History of the Military Tract Of Central NY for Cayuga County NY Research is found on the Internet at:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycayuga/land/mtracths.html

1792-1794: A map known as the 1st Sheet of DeWitt's State Map of New York shows the Military Tract Of Central New York as it existed between Aug. 1792 (The date when the township of Galen was established) and Sept. 1794 (Prior to the creation of the township of Sterling).  This map shows the original military tract township of Brutus and is published on the Internet at:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~nycayuga/maps/1793/dewitt.jpg
1794, March 5th - Onondaga County Established ~ via Laws of NY; 17th Session-Chap. 18
"AN ACT for erecting lands called the Military Tract into a separate county".
Within the area that would later become Cayuga County, this same 1794 law combined together the original Military Tract Townships of Cato, Brutus, Aurelius and that portion of the East Cayuga Reservation located north of the southwest corner of the Military Tract Township of Aurelius to become just known by the name "AURELIUS"
1799 March 8th - Cayuga County NY was formed.
An ACT To Divide The County Of Onondaga
; (Laws of the State Of New York 22nd Session)
1799 March 29: - An Act For The Gradual Abolition Of Slavery In NY State
1802, March 30th - The Town of Aurelius in Cayuga County NY was erected into new towns named Cato, Owasco, Jefferson (Later re-named Mentz), Brutus and remaining area of Aurelius  -
~ via Laws of NY; 25th Session-Chap. LXVII (77)
"AN ACT to divide the town of Aurelius, in the County of Cayuga".
The State Of New York in 1827, aware of the importance and public utility of an accurate state map and the want of an authentic work of this kind, upon the recommendation of the State Governor Dewitt Clinton, authorized the Comptroller & Surveyor General to publish an atlas at the states expense.  Published  on January 5, 1829;  the cover page of the 1829 Atlas Of The State Of New York by David H. Burr reads:
An Atlas Of The State Of New York containing a map of the state and several counties projected and drawn by a uniform scale and from documents deposited in the public offices of the state; and other original authentic information under the direction of Simeon DeWitt, Surveyor General pursuant to an act of the legislature.  Physical geography of the state of New York - several counties and statistical tables of same by David H. Burr.  NY Published 1829.  See the map of Cayuga County contained within this official state atlas.  The Cayuga County NY Map contained within the 1829 Atlas Of The State Of New York by David H. Burr is published on the Internet courtesy of William Hecht at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~springport/pictures29/00002916b.jpg
NOTE...In 1831, Apr. 26 - The Village Of Weedsport NY (located within the Town of Brutus NY) was incorporated as a Village
The 1837 Hagaman & Markham (Peabody) Map of The Village Of Auburn (NY) includes a profile of the Erie Canal. An image of this map is published on the Internet by William Hecht at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~springport/pictures48/00004856b.jpg

1853 Map of the Town of Brutus NY as displayed on the 1853 Cayuga County, NY Land Ownership Wall Map
Original Author or Surveyor - Samuel Geil, F. Gifford & S.K. Godsalk
Original Publisher - Samuel Geil, Phila. - 1853. This map resides on the Internet courtesy of William Hecht at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~springport/pictures28/00002867.jpg

1853 Map of the Village Of Weedsport NYas displayed on the 1853 Cayuga County, NY Land Ownership Wall Map
Original Author or Surveyor - Samuel Geil, F. Gifford & S.K. Godsalk
Original Publisher - Samuel Geil, Phila. - 1853. This map resides on the Internet courtesy of William Hecht at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~springport/pictures28/00002824.jpg
1859 Map of the Town of Brutus NY as displayed on the 1859 Cayuga / Seneca County, NY Land Ownership Wall Map
Original Author or Surveyor - O. W. Gray & G. D. Lothrop
Original Publisher - A.R.Z. Dawson, I.D. Peck, S. Willard Treat, A.Y. Peck, C.O. Titus, J.H.C. Dawson & L.G. Dawson, Phila. 1859 -. This map resides on the Internet courtesy of William Hecht at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~springport/pictures_23/00002331.jpg
1859 Map of the Village Of Weedsport NY as displayed on the 1859 Cayuga / Seneca County, NY Land Ownership Wall Map
Original Author or Surveyor - O. W. Gray & G. D. Lothrop
Original Publisher - A.R.Z. Dawson, I.D. Peck, S. Willard Treat, A.Y. Peck, C.O. Titus, J.H.C. Dawson & L.G. Dawson, Phila. 1859 -. This map resides on the Internet courtesy of William Hecht at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~springport/pictures_23/00002339.jpg

Weedsport Business Directory Of 1859 as displayed on the above map is found on the Internet at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~springport/pictures_23/00002395.jpg

1863 BRIGHAM'S GENERAL DIRECTORY OF AUBURN, WEEDSPORT, PORT BYRON, UNION SPRINGS, AURORA, MORAVIA AND CAYUGA AND BUSINESS DIRECTORY OF AUBURN (NY)-1863 AND 1864 TOGETHER WITH HISTORIES OF THE TOWNS FROM THEIR FIRST SETTLEMENT
ORIGINALLY COMPILED BY A. DeLANCEY BRIGHAM - (1863) [FOR THE WEEDSPORT SECTION SEE PAGES 195-215]

Pages 128 thru 143 of the GAZETTEER AND BUSINESS DIRECTORY OF CAYUGA COUNTY, N.Y. FOR  1867-8 AS ORIGINALLY COMPILED AND PUBLISHED BY HAMILTON CHILD includes a listing of residents of Brutus & Weedsport NY in 1867-1868. See website:
http://freepages.books.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cayuga/1868/
1875 Map of the Town of Brutus NY as contained within the 1875 County Atlas of Cayuga New York (From Recent & Actual Surveys And Records - Under The Superintendence Of F.W. Beers) - Originally Published by WALKER & JEWETT, NEW YORK 1875. This map resides on the Internet courtesy of William Hecht at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~springport/pictures32/00003245.jpg
1875 Map of the Village of Weedsport NY as contained within the 1875 County Atlas of Cayuga New York (From Recent & Actual Surveys And Records - Under The Superintendence Of F.W. Beers) - Originally Published by WALKER & JEWETT, NEW YORK 1875. This map resides on the Internet courtesy of William Hecht at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~springport/pictures30/00003092.jpg
1878 - 1879 Farmers Register Of Cayuga County (NY)
Originally Compiled And Published By Alonzo P. Lamey - 1878 [Brutus Section On Pages 253 & 254]
Biographical Review of Leading Citizens of Cayuga County, New York 1894 (Images of the book are scanned & published on the Internet courtesy of Bernie Corcoran)
All Name Index by Leslie Luther  to the Biographical Review of Leading Citizens of Cayuga County, New York 1894 (Index was digitally re-typed by Elaine Hutson)
1885 Weedsport NY Panoramic Map . This map resides on the Internet courtesy of Bernie Corcoran at:
http://freepages.books.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cayuga/1885/weedsport.jpg
The History of  Cayuga County 1789-1879 by Elliott Storke is found on the Internet via the Internet Archive Website
Complete Surname Index by Leslie Luther to the History of  Cayuga County by Elliott Storke --(Digitally Transcribed Courtesy of Elaine Hutson)
1897 Cayuga Co Directory and DM Osborne Catalog (Published on the Internet courtesy of Bill Hecht)
Town of Brutus NY Section Of Lemey's 1900 Auburn NY City Directory
Some early church records for the First Congregational Church of Brutus NY & Links to view a 1900 church bulletin from the Weedsport M.E. Church can be found on the Cayuga County NYGenWeb Project websites at: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycayuga/churchpg.htm
1904 Map of the Town of Brutus NY as contained within the New Century Atlas of Cayuga County NY. This map resides on the Internet courtesy of William Hecht at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~springport/pictures46/00004681.jpg
1904 Map of the Village of Weedsport NY as contained within the New Century Atlas of Cayuga County NY. This map resides on the Internet courtesy of William Hecht at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~springport/pictures42/00004218.jpg
“History of Cayuga County NY (1908) Cayuga County Historical Society” is found on the Internet via Cornell’s New York State Historical Literature Website

Weedsport NY High School 1909-1910 Catalogue And Announcements, published on the Internet courtesy of Dorothy Komp Baker is found on the Internet at:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycayuga/school/weed1910.html

Weedsport NY High School Golden Anniversary Catalogue Of 1925, published on the Internet courtesy of Dorothy Komp Baker is found on the Internet at:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycayuga/school/weed1925.html
1926 Cayuga County NY Rural Directory (Courtesy of Bill Hecht) can be found on the Internet at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~springport/pictures335/1926-Rural-Directory/
A digital transcription of the book "Facts Regarding Weedsport, New York" can be found on the Cayuga County NYGenWeb Project websites at:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycayuga/books/factsrgw/index.html
The Cayuga County NY Rural Directory for 1936-37 can be found on the Internet courtesy of William Hecht at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~springport/pictures94/rural_dir_1936/
Weedsport NY Class Of 1945 Yearbook, scanned & transcribed for the Internet courtesy of Chris (Riley) Spengler. This item resides on the Internet at: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycayuga/school/1945weed/index.html
A list of cemeteries located within the Town of Brutus NY (including links to transcriptions of some records or headstone information) can be found on the Cayuga County NYGenWeb Project websites at:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycayuga/cemetery.htm

A recent map showing 'Cemetery Locations in the Town of Brutus NY' can be found on the Internet at:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycayuga/maps/cemetery/Brutus.pdf

The book Uncovering the Freedom Trail In Auburn & Cayuga County NY by Dr. Judith Wellman can be viewed on the Cayuga County NY Historian's Office website at: http://www.cayugacounty.us/portals/0/history/ugrr/report/index.html