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History

North Castle was incorporated as a town in 1788. It includes the hamlets of Armonk, Banksville, and North White Plains. The land was granted by the English king under three royal patents: West Patent; Middle Patent; and East Patent. According to Richard Lederer's The Place-Names of Westchester County... (page 25),

"In 1721 the residents of the West, Middle and East Patents petitioned Governor William Burnett to combine them into a town and to select a name. The letters patent ordered "North Cassel or other-wise called California Pattent." Local-historians can find no reason for that name."

Up until 1851, Mile Square was the name of Armonk. This was so called because 600 acres was given to a Josiah Quimby and 600 acres is approximately one square mile. This Mile Square should not be confused with another area also called Mile Square which is found in Yonkers.

The famous "Battle of White Plains" was fought here during the American Revolutionary War. George Washington's headquarters still stands as a museum. North Castle is also known for its granite quarries which hired many stone masons from Europe who later settled in the area.

Vital Records

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

Historical Society

The North Castle Historical Society

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

Churches and Synagogues

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
197 Hickory Kingdom Road, Bedford, NY 10506; Phone: 914-234-6658
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
30 Bedford Road, Armonk, NY 10504; Phone: 914-273-3812
Middle Patent Methodist Episcopal Church
171 Bedford-Banksville Road, Bedford, NY 10506; Phone: 914-273-3642
Armonk United Methodist Church
3 Bedford Road, Armonk, NY 10504; Phone: 914-273-8296
Castle Heights United Methodist Church
663 North Broadway, North White Plains, NY 10506; Phone: 914-949-6076
Hillside Church of the Christian & Missionary Alliance
448 Bedford Road, Armonk, NY 10504; Phone: 914-273-8048
Congregation B'nai Israel
485 Bedford Road, Armonk, NY 10504; Phone: 914- 273-2220
St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
25 Cox Avenue, Armonk, NY 10504; Phone: 914-273-9724
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. Stephen's Episcopal Church & Cemetery
30 Bedford Road, Armonk, NY 10504; Phone: 914-273-3812
Middle Paten Rural Cemetery
6 Bedford-Banksville Road, Bedford, NY 10506; Phone 914-234-9300
Armonk Village Cemetery
Briggs Cemetery
Burkhout Cemetery
Carpenter Cemetery
Quaker Cemetery
Townsend Cemetery
Tuckertown Cemetery
Fisher Family Plot
Lynn Family Plot
Smith Family Plot
Waterbury Family Plot
Weil Family Plot

Transcribed Cemetery Inscriptions

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 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 graveyards in Bedford, Westchester County, New York. With genealogical notes. [Hastings-on-Hudson, NY: 1933] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Weidt, Bew Patten, comp. Unrecorded Burial Permits of the Middle Patent Cemetery, town of North Castle, Westchester County, NY. [Mount Vernon, 1944]

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?

If you know of any additional information relating to this location, please contact the county coordinator for this web site.

Maps

Many town historical societies hold maps of their vicinities, including copies of the Sanborn insurance maps. 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. 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

North Castle Public Library

North White Plains Library

Town Web Site

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Census Information

Local Census

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.

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

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Directories

Also see the City Directories page on this Westchester Site.

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


Annotated Bibliography

___. North Castle History

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

Lander, Richard N. A history of the Armonk Methodist Church of North Castle: (formerly North Castle Church) written on the occasion of its 175th anniversary [Armonk, NY: s.n., 1962]

Lederer, Richard M. The Place Names of Westchester County, NY: A Dictionary of Origins & Meanings. [Harrison, NY: Harbor Hill Books] c. 1978., with 1980 update

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

Washington's Headquarters Museum
140 Virginia Road, North White Plains, NY; Phone: 914-242-6324.

If you have any such information 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 North Castle [WCGS Newsletter, Jan. 1998] 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.

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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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