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History

Dobbs Ferry is a village within the town of Greenburgh and was part of Philipsburgh Manor.

     "Dobbs Ferry is an incorporated village, commencing two miles north of the northerly line of the city of Yonkers, and five miles north of the northerly line of the city of New York, as now established. It is nearly square in form, and its boundary lines are a trifle in excess of a mile in length on each of its four sides...."

     "The name of Dobbs Ferry is derived from the fact that one Jeremiah Dobbs, a Swede, who was a fisherman, and lived at Willow Point, near the southern line of the present village, added to his meagre income, prior to and during the Revolution, by ferrying occasional travelers across the Hudson."
 
[Source: Excerpts from Scharf's History of Westchester County,..., Volume 2, Chapter II, Greenburgh, pages 184-5; published in 1886.]

Vital Records

Besides checking at the State level, you should also check to see what may be available within the town of Greenburgh

Also, see if there is any additional information on the Vital Records page at this site.

Historical Society

Dobbs Ferry Historical Society

Don't overlook the many resources held at the Westchester County Historical Society.

Churches and Synagogues

Dobbs Ferry's houses of worship:
http://www.dobbsferry.com/village/worship.htm
The Presbyterian Church at Dobbs Ferry
Organized April 11, 1825, and a frame building erected on Ashford Avenue in 1827. The building stood until 1880, when it was taken down.
South Presbyterian Church
http://www.southpres.org/
Zion Church (Episcopal)
Organized 1833. Located on Cedar Street.
Summerfield Methodist Episcopal Church
Located on Broadway, was organized June 19, 1852.
Church of the Sacred Heart (Roman Catholic)
Broadway
Roman Catholic
Roman catholic churches in Westchester county are under the juridiction of the Archdiocese of New York. You can search their parish listing at the following web page: http://www.ny-archdiocese.org/pastoral/parishes.cfm
Episcopal Churches -- New York
See a list of Episcopal Churches in New Yorkhttp://www.episcopalchurch.org/webpages/p2.html#NewYork or use their Parish Finder search engine.

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Cemeteries

Cemetery next to the Lutheran Church
43 Ashford Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NJ
Gravestones in the Little White Church Cemetery
Click here for MS Word document from the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society

Transcribed Cemetery Inscriptions

Carretta, Katherine A., compiler. A Guide to Listings of Old Cemetery Inscriptions and other Genealogical Aids for Westchester County, New York. [Westchester County Historical Society, 1977]

Horton, William P. Cemetery Inscriptions of Westchester County, NY. [Peekskill, NY: 1928] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Manville, Margaret. Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in Cemeteries in Westchester County, New York. [White Plains, NY: 1966] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Perry, William Graves. The Old Dutch Burying Ground of Sleepy Hollow in North Tarrytown, New York. [Boston, MA: Rand Press] c.1953.

Rankin, Rebecca. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Cemetery. Person (sic) buried in the cemetery on Ashford Avenue, opposite Mohican Park Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., property of the South Presbyterian Church in Greenburgh.... [Dobbs Ferry, NY: 1956] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Spies, Francis F. Inscriptions copied from gravestones in West Chester County yards with genealogical notes. Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

The Westchester County Historical Society also has extensive manuscripts giving inventories of many old cemeteries located throughout the County.

Have you looked at the cemetery listing here at the Westchester NYGenWeb site?

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Maps

The Sanborn Map Company has issued Insurance maps of the town of Greenburgh, New York (including Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley, Greenville, and Hartsdale) , copies of which are available in the Map Division of the New York Public Library. Volume 2 includes Irvington, East Irvington, Elmsford, Glenville, and Tarrytown in the town of Greenburgh, also North Tarrytown and Philipse Manor in the town of Mt. Pleasant. Insurance maps were detailed to the point of showing each building on each street so that insurance companies knew what to pay the insurer in the event of fire or destruction.

Many town historical societies hold maps of their vicinities, including copies of the Sanborn insurance maps. Be sure to inquire at such institutions as well as at local libraries.

Also, see additional information on the Maps page at this Westchester site.

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Library

Village Web Site

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Census Information

New York State Census

The only NY State censuses which survived are for the years 1905, 1915, and 1925. Check at your local LDS Family History Center for these films.

Federal Census

Fuller, Elizabeth Griffen. Index to Westchester County Names in the Federal Censuses, 1790-1840 [Elmsford: Westchester Cty. Historical Society] 1994.

Look under Greenburgh for any 1790 Federal census info.

Some census information for Westchester county can be found at the Census page.

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Directories and Newspapers

City Directories
Richmond's Directory of Tarrytown, North Tarrytown, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley and Hastings [Yonkers, NY: W.L. Richmond, 1914]. Copy available at NYPL; Years Available: 1914-1915 and 1918-1919.
Also see the City Directories page on this Westchester Site.
Newspapers
The Dobbs Ferry Sentinel — Microfilmed copies can be found at the New York Public Research Library. Check their on-line catalog to determine the years available.
The Dobbs Ferry Register — Microfilmed copies can be found at the New York Public Research Library. Check their on-line catalog to determine the years available. Additionally, a few copies can be found on the Old Fulton Post Cards web site for free.
Greenburgh Register — Microfilmed copies can be found at the New York Public Research Library. Check their on-line catalog to determine the years available.
The Hastings Echo — Microfilmed copies can be found at the New York Public Research Library. Check their on-line catalog to determine the years available.

 
The Dobbs Ferry Public Library also holds a number of other newspapers.

Annotated Bibliography

___. Dobbs Ferry on Hudson: Westchester County, N.Y. [Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Press of Dobbs Ferry Register, 191?]

Fuller, Elizabeth Griffen. Index to Westchester County Names in the Federal Censuses, 1790-1840 [Elmsford: Westchester Cty. Historical Society] 1994.

Gilman, Winthrop Sargent. The Story of the Ferry. Being an account of the ferry, between Dobbs Ferry, WEstchester Co., N.Y. and Snednes Landing, Rockland, Co., N.Y., on the Hudson River, established about the year 1698..... [Palisades, NY: 1903] Copy available at NYPL. According to the catalog at the NYPL, " 'Three copies only of these papers have been prepared', one of which is in the Library of Congress. This copy, originally presented to the Palisades Library replaces the original New York State Library copy, the greater part of which was destroyed in the fire of 1911. A fourth copy was later prepared for the New York Historical Society Library."

Parrell, Sr. Mary Agnes. Profiles of Dobbs Ferry. [Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, Inc., 1976]

Pelletreau, William S., Am. M. Early Wills of Westchester County, New York 1664-1784 Pub. 1898. Cornell University Library has scanned this book and placed it on the web at the following address: http://moa.cit.cornell.edu/MOA/bookp.html

Rankin, Rebecca. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Cemetery. Person (sic) buried in the cemetery on Ashford Avenue, opposite Mohican Park AVenue, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., property of the South Presbyterian Church in Greenburgh.... [Dobbs Ferry, NY: 1956] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Shelton, Marion Brown. An American Schoolmistress: the Life of Eliza B. Masters, 1847-1921 [New York/London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1927]

Zion Church. 1834-1884. Whitsuntie. Semi-Centennial. Zion Church, Dobbs Ferry. ..... [New York: Rufus Adams & Co., 1884] Copy available at The New York Public Research Library's Genealogies and Local History Room.

For other books with information relating to this town but covering a county-wide level, see the County section of the Bibliography page.

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Cultural and/or Historical sites

If you have any such information relating to this location, please contact the county coordinator for this web site.

Other Institutions of Genealogical Interest

Westchester County Genealogical Society

The Westchester County Genealogical Society has been publishing a series of articles in their monthly newsletter for some time which gives an overview of each town within the county. This Focus on (town name) [WCGS Newsletter, ] series includes a brief history of the town, a listing of some houses of worship, some cemeteries and often a bibliography. See the information about ordering back issues of the newsletter.

If you know any additional information relating to this town, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.about adding it to this page.

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Military Info

See the Westchester in the Military page for more information.

As we find information relating specifically to this town, we'll post it here. If you have any such information or know of other web pages to link to, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.with particulars.

Loyalist Info

Have you a Loyalist in your family tree? If so, the Loyalist page may be of interest to you. If you have any specific information relating to this town and loyalists, please contact the county coordinator for this web site. about adding the information to this page.

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Some Surnames associated with this town

See the Surname Web Pages for links to web pages of researchers in Westchester but not specifically associated with this town.

Query & Message Boards

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