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MAMARONECK (Town and Village)


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History

    "The Town of Mamaroneck was erected as a Town with its present boundaries by the "Act for dividing the Counties of this State into Towns," passed the 7th of March 1788. The language of the Act is "And all that part of the said County of Westchester, bounded southerly by New Rochelle, easterly by the Sound, Northerly by Mamaroneck River, and westerly by the Town of Scarsdale, by the name of Mamaroneck." Scarsdale, which comes just before Mamaroneck in the Act, was erected into a town with these boundaries: "Westerly by Bronx River, Southerly by the Town of Eastchester and New Rochelle, easterly by the East Bounds of a Tract of Land called the Manor of Scarsdale, and Northerly by the North Bounds of the said Manor of Scarsdale." Both Towns were carved out of the old Manor of Scarsdale, hence the reference to Scarsdale in the boundaries of each. "

    "Though erected a town so late as 1788, Mamaroneck is one of the oldest places in the County and the State, dating back to 1661, when the then Indian owners Wappaquewam and Mahatahan sold and deeded their individual lands to John Richbell, an Englishman, on the 21st of September 1661. Long previous to this time, and in the year 1640 the entire and general Indian title, both to the land and the sovereignty, of all the territory of southeastern Westchester and Connecticut as far east as the Norwalk Islands inclusive, had been obtained for the Dutch West India Company by purchase by Governor Kieft, through Cornelius van Tienhoven, from the Siwanoy Indians. Richbell however was the first white man to purchase the individual right of the local Indian owners to the lands at Mamaroneck."

[Source: Excerpts from Scharf's History of Westchester County,..., Volume 1, Chapter XXIII, Mamaroneck, page 846.]

Vital Records

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

Historical Society

Mamaroneck Historical Society

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

Churches and Synagogues

    "The churches of Mamaroneck are two only, the Episcopal church of St. Thomas, and the Society of Friends. The meeting house of the latter, however, is a few feet across the line of Mamaroneck in the adjoining town of Scarsdale, having been thrown into that town of the town line as fixed by the Act of 1788.The Society itself is it is believed the second oldest meeting in the County of Westchester, the first being that at the town of Westchester which was organized in 1685."

[Source: Excerpts from Scharf's History of Westchester County,..., Volume 1, Chapter XXIII, Mamaroneck, page 870.]

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

    "... On the opposite side of the Westchester Path, and west of Samuel Palmer's house, and at the top of the rising ground ascended by the Path or road was laid out, and still is, the old buying ground of the Palmers, and adjoining it was another plot larger, and still existing and still called the Quaker Burying-Ground. The Boston Road to-day at that point is still the old Westchester Path...."

[Source: Excerpt from Scharf's History of Westchester County,..., Volume 1, Chapter XXIII, Mamaroneck, page 870.]

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.

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 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 Mamaroneck: including village of Larchmont, New York, copies of which are 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 (see above). 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.

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

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Library

Mamaroneck Public Library

Town Web Site

We are not aware of any town web site at this time. However, if you know of one, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.with its web address.

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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.

Federal Census: 1790
Mamaroneck

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

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Directories

The New Rochelle library has a number of city directories including some for Mamaroneck.

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

___. Mamaroneck from Colonial Times through the First Century of the Republic [Mamaroneck, NY: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of the Village of Mamaroneck, 1976]

___. The Story of Harbor Island and Mamaroneck Harbor

Brown, Helen Warren. Mamaroneck 1667-1961: A panorama of her first ...

Danforth, Elliot. Address delivered by the Hon. Elliot Danorth at the 230th Celebration of the Purchase of Mamaroneck, NY, from the Indians: September 21, 1891. [Mount Vernon, NY: Press of the Argus, 1891]. Copy available at the New York Public Research Library's Genealogy and Local History room.

DeLancey, Edward F. " Mamaroneck from colonial times through the first century of the Republic", Chapter 23, from: J. Thomas Scharf's History of Westchester County, New York, including Morrisania, Kings Bridge, and West Farms which have been annexed to New York City. [Philadelphia: L. E. Preston & Co., 1886]. 2 volumes. NOTE: Since republished by the Westchester County Historical Society which has copies for sale.

Fulcher, William. Mamaroneck through the Years [Larchmont, NY: The Larchmont Times, 1936].

Fulcher, William. Story of a Friendly Village: Mamaroneck, NY, 1896-1946 [Mamaroneck, NY: The Historical Committee of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Village of Mamaroneck, 1946]

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

Larchmont-Mamaroneck, NY. The Larchmont-Mamaroneck Coastline: Our Heritage....

O'Connor, Mary, editor and transcriber. Early Town Records of Mamaroneck 1697 - 1881 [Town of Mamaroneck, 1979]

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

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.

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

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

de Lancey family
There is extensive genealogical information regarding this family in Chapter 23 of J. Thomas Scharf's History of Westchester County, New York, including Morrisania, Kings Bridge, and West Farms which have been annexed to New York City, Volume 1, originally published 1886. This one chapter has supposedly been republished by the Westchester County Historical Society.

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

Surname Query and Links

The people at GenConnect together with the people at Rootsweb (who have generously donated space to host this Westchester site) have combined their efforts to provide you with search engines and the following places to post specific information.

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