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History

Eastchester (also shown in early records as "East Chester") was incorporated in 1663 and today includes the villages of Tuckahoe and Bronxville. Prior to 188?, the town also included what today is the city of Mt. Vernon. Also, the former towns of West Farms, Morrisania, and Westchester (town) were part of Eastchester prior to being transferred to New York City and becoming part of The Bronx County.

A history of the town of Eastchester can be found on the Web at: http://www.eastchester.net/history.htm.

     "The township of East Chester, at first styled "Hutchinson's," is divided on its eastern border from the towns of Pelham and New Rochelle by Hutchinson River and East Chester Creek, and on its western border from the town of Yonkers by the Bronx River. It is bounded on the north by the town of Scarsdale, and on the south by the town of WEstchester and Black Dog Brook." [Source: Excerpt from Scharf's History of Westchester County,..., Volume 2, Chapter XVI, Eastchester, page 720; published in 1886.]

     "The settlement of this town took place in 1664, by the immigration from Fairfield County, Conn., of ten of its families, which, within a year or two, were joined by others, making the families of the original colony in all twenty-six." [Source: Excerpt from Scharf's History of Westchester County,..., Volume 2, Chapter XVI, Eastchester, page 720; published in 1886.]

Vital Records

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

Historical Society

Eastchester Historical Society

Records include those for the Town of Westchester, including Morrisania, which are now located in The Bronx County, NY, and the Village of Mount Vernon (before it became a city in its own right).

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

Churches and Synagogues

St. Paul's Church, Eastchester
Mt. Vernon, NY
Reformed Church
Bronxville, NY
Reformed Church
Mt. Vernon, NY
First Methodist Episcopal Church at Mount Vernon
Mt. Vernon, NY
Baptist Church of Mount Vernon
Mt. Vernon, NY
Universalist Church
Mt. Vernon, NY
Trinity Church
Mt. Vernon, NY
Church of the Sacred Heart (Roman Catholic)
Mt. Vernon, NY
Church of St. Jacob (Roman Catholic)
Mt. Vernon, NY
Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
(Upper East Chester) Begun around 1850.
Winter Hill Road, Tuckahoe, NY 10707
German Methodist Church
Mt. Vernon, NY
Mt. Vernon New Church Society
Mt. Vernon, NY
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

St. Paul's Church, Eastchester
Mt. Vernon, NY
Holy Mount Cemetery
Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
Winter Hill Road, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

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]

Eardeley, William A., compiler. Westchester County, New York, Cemeteries... 1704-1914. [Brooklyn, 1914]. Contains inscriptions on tombs from Armonk, Bedford, Westchester, Croton, Mt. Kisco, Chestnut Ridge, Harrison, Mamaroneck, and Eastchester. Copy held by New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Haacker, Frederick. C., compiler. New Rochelle, NY, deaths 1853-1881: copied from the New Rochelle Press Almanacs, 1879-1882, and records of deaths in New Rochelle from account books of Cornelius Seacord, coffin maker. [ s.l.: Haacker, 1955] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

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.

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.

Spies, Francis F. Inscriptions copied from gravestones in Beechwoods Cemetery, New Rochelle, NY. ...with genealogical notes and index. [Mt. Vernon, NY: 1926] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Spies, Francis F. Inscriptions from the graveyards in New Rochelle, NY, transcribed and arranged with genealogical records... [Mt. Vernon, NY: 1926] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Spies, Francis F. Inscriptions copies from Quaker burying grounds, with 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. Also check with the local historical society for information about the above cemeteries.

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

Maps

The Sanborn Map Company has issued Insurance maps of the town of Pelham which comprises North Pelham, Pelham, and Pelham Manor and the town of Eastchester which includes the villages of Bronxville and Tuckahoe, New York. [1932], a copy of which is available in the Map Division of the New York Public Library. 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

Eastchester Public Library

Town Web Site

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Census Information

Local Census

For a "Census of Inhabitants of the Town of Eastchester, 1698", see the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, v. 38, pp. 134-135, published in 1907 or view a transcribed copy.

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.

1790 Federal Census
See a copy at: Eastchester
Federal Census: 1890
One family from the 1890 Federal Census for Eastchester did survive and is available on microfilm.

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

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Directories

Turner's New York & Harlem Railroad Directory between New York City and Brewster for the Years 1891-1892 Published by E.F Turner & co. of 217 Elm St., Yonkers, N.Y.

Also see the City Directories page on this Westchester Site.

If you know of any directories for this town, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.about adding that information to this page.

Annotated Bibliography

___. Historical Resources Directory for Westchester County. [White Plains, NY: Westchester County Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Conservation] c. 1983.

___. The Artists of Bronxville: 1890-1930. [Yonkers, NY: Hudson River Museum] c. 1990.

Bronxville Diamond Jubilee Committee. Bronxville: Views and Vignettes. [Bronxville, NY: Bronxville Diamond Jubilee Committee] c. 1974.

Comstock, Anita. Bronxville in the Good Ol' Days. [Smith] c. 1984.

Fowler, Edmund. Fragmentary History and Genealogical Record of Some of the Descendants of Henry Fowler of Eastchester. C. 1880

French, J. H. Gazetteer of the State of New York. 2 vols. [Syracuse, NY: R. Pearsall Smith, c. 1860] [Reprinted in 1983 and again in 1995 by Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. in one volume and included index of names compiled by Frank Place.] Note: This book is an invaluable aide to genealogical researchers of New York State.

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

Fuller, Elizabeth Griffen. Index of Personal Names in J. Thomas Scharf's "History of Westchester County, New York...."

Hufeland, Otto. A Check List of Books, Maps, Pictures, and Other Printed Matter Relating to the Counties of Westchester and Bronx. [White Plains, NY, Westchester County Historical Society]c.1929]

Mount Vernon. Register of the Proceedings of St. Paul's Church at Eastchester...

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

Torres, Louis. Tuckahoe Marble. [Harrison, NY: Harbor Hill Books, 1976]

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

St. Paul's Eastchester, Mount Vernon, NY

Renowned Residents

If you know of any notable residents from this town, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.about adding them to this section and please identify when the person resided here as well as why you consider them to be notable.

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

The Town Clerk's Office has microfilmed records giving details regarding the Eastchester residents who enlisted and fought in the Civil War.

See the Military & War Links 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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Picture Gallery

If you have a scanned picture relating to any location within Westchester and would like to add it to this site, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.with particulars.

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

Rootsweb.com has Some Query boards where you can post a query for others to view. Or join the Westchester mailing list and correspond with other Westchester researchers.

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