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NORTH SALEM (Town)


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History

North Salem includes the hamlets of Croton Falls, Purdys, and Salem Center.

  "The territory now North Salem was embraced politically in Cortlandt Manor. In 1751, at a meeting held at Salem on April 2d in that year, town officers were chosen, of whom Jacob Wall was supervisor and Nathaniel Wyatt was clerk. The town, however, is not mentioned by William Smith in his list of the towns of Westchester County in 1756. On January 10, 1763, mention is made of a "town-meeting at Salem." In 1760 North Salem is mentioned in records and letters as "The Upper District of Salem."
  "The supervisors records of the county, as printed, begin in October, 1772. In that year, and up to the meeting of the supervisors on the 31st of May, 1784, Abijah Gilbert represented the town of Salem as supervisor. At this meeting Thaddeus Crane appeared as supervisor of "The Town of UpperSalem" and Abijah Gilbert of Lower Salem. The towns were taxed separately from that time. On the 4th of March, 1788, when the county was formed into towns under the act of the Legislature, the town of Upper Salem became North Salem, and Ebenezer Purdy represented it at the first meeting of the Board of Supervisors, held May 6, 1788."

[Source: Excerpts from Chapter VIII, in Scharf's History of Westchester County,..., Volume 2, page 500.]

Vital Records

You may be interested in reading three very helpful articles on locating vital records for New York State that were published in the Upstate New York Genealogy Blog. Also, see if there is any additional information on the Vital Records page at this site.

Historical Society

Town Historian

North Salem Historical Society

Churches and Synagogues

St. James' Protestant Episcopal Parish

North Salem Presbyterian Church

Methodist Episcopal Church at Purdy's

North Salem Methodist Church

Universalist Congregation of North Salem

(Cat Ridge) Baptist Church

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

Transcribed Cemetery Inventories

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.

Katz, B. Burial Grounds of North Salem in Westchester County, N. Y. [New Yor: North Salem Historical Society, 1976] 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. 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 have any such information relating to this location, please contact the county coordinator for this web site.

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Maps

Jenkins Map from 1846 for North Salem submitted by Robert Vail.

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 Salem 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.

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 town, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.about adding that information to this page.


Annotated Bibliography

___. When our Town was Young, Stories of North Salem of Yesterday. [North Salem, NY: Board of Education, 1943].

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

Landgon van Norden, Theordore. South Salem Soldiers & Sailors.

Landgon van Norden, Theordore. Unpublished Manuscript dealing with genealogies of residents of South Salem houses prior to 1900. Copy held by Lewisboro Public Library in South Salem.

Landgon van Norden, Theordore. South Salem: Gravestone Inscriptions c. 1926.

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

Traeger, Helen. The School House at Pine Tree Corner, North Salem, 1784-1976.[c. 1976] Teaching and administrative practices in a Westchester rural school, with much biographical material on North Salem families.

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

"Near the village of North Salem is a genuine natural curiosity -- the big rock. It is a granite boulder, resting on five small stones at a present elevation of some four feet from the surface of the hillside where it is located. The immense rock is estimated, by measurement, to weigh sixty tons or upward. No granite is to be found in the neighborhood, and especially no traces of the blue granite, of which this boulder is composed. It may have been a passenger from northern climes in the glacial period, or it may have been removed from its stratified bed by some general moving power which existed after the rocks were lifted from their original beds, and ages before the present order of things. It evidently came to its present location by the agency of one of the great geologic drifts in past ages. "

[Source: Excerpt from Chapter VIII, in Scharf's History of Westchester County,..., Volume 2, page 499.]

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 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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