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MOUNT PLEASANT (Town)


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History

Mount Pleasant includes the villages of Pleasantville, Sleepy Hollow (formerly North Tarrytown), and part of Briarcliff Manor. Also contained within Mount Pleasant are the hamlets of Thornwood (formerly known as Nannahagen and Hillside), Valhalla (Kensico), Hawthorne (formerly known as Hammond's Mills and Unionville), and Pocantico Hills.

Mount Pleasant was originally part of the Manor of Philipseburgh. With the confiscation and sale of Frederick Philipse's property after the American Revolutionary War, the Manor was broken up. Mount Pleasant was incorporated as a town in 1788 at which time it included the present-day town of Ossining which separated from Mount Pleasant in 1845.

Old Kensico was originally known as Wright Mills. When the Kensico Reservoir was built, it flooded the valley in which part of the town stood. The inhabitants moved up the hill or outside the walls of the dam and have since changed the name to Valhalla.

Vital Records

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

Historical Society

Mount Pleasant Historical Society

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

Churches and Synagogues

Reformed Dutch Church and Cemetery
65 Broadway, Hawthorne, NY 10532; Phone: 914-769-2920
Spies, Francis F., compiler. Graveyard Inscriptions in Pleasantville and Hawthorne (formerly Unionville), Westchester Co., NY. Also a list of members, baptisms and marriages of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Hawthorne (Unionville); copied with additional genealogical notes. [Hastings-on-Hudson, NY: 1933]
St. John's Episcopal Church
8 Sunnyside Avenue, Pleasantville, NY; Phone: 914-769-0053
Union Church of Pocantico Hills
555 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY; Phone: 914-631-2069
United Methodist Church
70 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY; Phone: 914-769- 0357
Valhalla United Methodist Church
200 Columbus Avenue, Valhalla, NY 10595; Phone: 914-949-6252
Emanuel Lutheran Church
197 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY; Phone: 914-769-1559
Trinity Lutheran Church
294 Ellwood Ave., Hawthorne, NY 10532; Phone: 914-769-2546
Presbyterian Church
400 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY; Phone: 914-769-0458
Church of St. Mary Magdalena -- Roman Catholic
Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY; Phone: 914-631-0529
Holy Innocents Roman Catholic Church
431 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY; Phone: 914-769-0025
Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church
2 Broadway, Valhalla, NY 10595; Phone: 914-949-2323
Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church
170 Bradhurst Avenue, Hawthorne, NY 10532; Phone: 914-769-0030
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

Reformed Dutch Church and Cemetery
65 Broadway, Hawthorne, NY 10532; Phone: 914-769-2920
Spies, Francis F., compiler. Graveyard Inscriptions in Pleasantville and Hawthorne (formerly Unionville), Westchester Co., NY. Also a list of members, baptisms and marriages of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Hawthorne (Unionville); copied with additional genealogical notes. [Hastings-on-Hudson, NY: 1933]
All Souls Cemetery
Marble Avenue, Pleasantville, NY; Phone: 914-769-0025
Gate of Heaven
Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne, NY 10532; Phone: 914-769-3672
Kensico Cemetery
Lakeview Avenue and Commerce, Valhalla, NY 10595; Phone: 914-949-0357
Mt. Eden Cemetery
20 Commerce Street, Valhalla, NY 10595; Phone: 914-769-0603
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
80 Commerce Street, Hawthorne, NY 10532; Phone: 914-769-0397

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.

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?

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.

If you know of any more maps for Mt Pleasant, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.about adding them to this page.

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Library

Mount Pleasant 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
Mt. Pleasant

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.


Annotated Bibliography

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

Horne, Philip F. Mount Pleasant: The History of a New York Suburb and Its People [c. 1971]

Owens, William A. Pocantico Hills, 1609-1959. [Tarrytown, NY: Sleepy Hollow Restoration, 1960]

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

Union Church of Pocantico Hills
555 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY; Phone: 914-631-2069
The Union Church is world famous for its stained glass windows, designed by both Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse.

If you know of any other locations relating to this town, 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. Their Focus on Mount Pleasant [WCGS Newsletter, Sept. 1996] article includes a brief history of the town, a listing of some houses of worship, some cemeteries and a bibliography. See the for 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

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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