Early settlers in the Town of Smyrna (#8) of Original Twenty Towns taken from "1784 History of Chenango & Madison Counties, NY" by James H Smith; pub. 1880. Tried to use year, where stated, person and where they were from.
Smyrna was formed from Sherburne as Stafford, March 25, 1808, and name changed April 6, 1808. This is the eighth of the Twenty Townships and one of the six originally purchased of the State by William S. SMITH, who, in 1794, sold it, with the exception of lots 6, 8, 10, 14, 20, which had been sold to settlers, to John LAWRENCE, of New York city, whose heirs owned about three-fourths of the town as late as 1824.
first settler-Joseph PORTER, Conway, Mass
second-Joseph TOBEY, native of Conway, Mass
David WILBUR (now WILBER), Nine Partners, Dutchess Co.,
Joseph COLLINS, Somers, Tolland, Co., Conn, and
Joseph BILLINGS, Somers, Tolland Co., Conn
Hopson WILLCOX & son, Lillibridge, Exeter, R.I.
Hon. Isaac FOOTE, born Colchester, Conn; Staford, Conn 1773; then Smyrna
1795 or '6
Elijah SEXTON, born Somers, Conn
John BILLINGS, native of Stonington, Conn previous to 1800
Squire John MUNSON
Col. Solomon HALL
Luke HALL - Somers, Conn
Benjamin PAUL, Westminister, VT; moved to Norwich 1810
John MUNSON, Barkhampsted, Conn
Transcribed and contributed by Sandy Goodspeed, 1999.
Last updated: 26 Mar 2000
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