Early Settlers - German
Early settlers in the Town of German taken from "1874 History of Chenango & Madison Counties, NY" by James H Smith; pub. 1880. Tried to use year, where stated, person and where they were from.
GERMAN was formed from DeRuyter March 21, 1806. Tract of land embraced in the town of German was patented to John W. WATKINS June 14, 1793. It is the southern portion of the Gore, and was originally named Brakel Township. Otselic was taken off March 28,1817, Lincklaen, April 12, 1823; and the southern part of Pitcher, Feb. 13, 1827.
First settler: Conflict of authority: Franch's Gazetteer says first settler was 1795 by Benjamin CLEVELAND;
while Elias Livermore is positive that his grandfather, Abraham LIVERMORE, came in 1796. Abraham Livermore's tombstone says: "He was the first settler in the town of German in 1796."
Abraham LIVERMORE, native of Pelham, Mass; 1795 emigrated to western wilderness
Benjamin CELVELAND, from Oneida co.; left German after a few years
Very few settlements made in present town for several years after these two families came.
Michael MEAD; moved to locality of Cayuga Lake
Capt. LAWRENCE; moved after 10 years
Transcribed and contributed by Sandy Goodspeed, 1999.
Last updated: 10 Apr 2000
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