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NEW CASTLE (Town)

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History

New Castle includes part of the village of Mt. Kisco as well as the hamlet of Millwood and most of Chappaqua.

"The town of New Castle is thirty-five miles north of the city of New York, and is bounded north by Cortlandt, Yorktown and Somers, east by Bedford, south by North Castle and west by Ossining and Mount Pleasant."

"It was set off from the town of North Castle, and given its present name, March 18, 1791. Its territory was increased by the ct of the Legislature, May 12, 1846, which annexed to it all that part of Somers lying south of the Croton River."

"Chappaqua is the name of the Harlem Railroad station, four miles south of Mount Kisco. The name was formerly applied to the neighborhood a mile west of the station, where the two meeting-houses of the Friends were, and where the Chappaqua Mountain Institute now is, and was of Indian origin. The "Chappaqua Hills" is the name given to a rocky ridge west of the valley in which Harlem Railroad runs. A thrifty village has now grown up about the station. There are two places of worship -- the Union Chapel and that of the Orthodox branch of the Friends -- a hotel, about twenty places of business and the shoe-factory, which is mentioned elsewhere."

[Source: Excerpts from Chapter XII, in Scharf's History of Westchester County,..., Volume 2, page 608 and 624]

Vital Records

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

Historical Society

New Castle Historical Society

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

Churches and Synagogues

St. Mark's Church
New Castle Methodist Church
New Castle Union Church
Chappaqua Baptist Church
The Church of St. John and St. Mary
Chappaqua
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 Mark's Church Cemetery
Eardeley, William A., and Robert B. Miller, compilers. St. Mark's Episcopal Cemetery, Mt. Kisco, NY [Mount Kisco, NY: 1939]
Oakwood Cemetery

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., and Robert B. Miller, compilers. St. Mark's Episcopal Cemetery, Mt. Kisco, NY [Mount Kisco, NY: 1939]

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.

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

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

Town Web Site

Town & Village Home Pages

Other Links

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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

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


Annotated Bibliography

Decker, Francis K. Deeds and Misdeeds: 1657-1763 The Story of New Castle's Beginnings. Available through the historical society.

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

Gruber, Dorothy Whitney and Isabelle A. Haight. The Early Quaker Hamlet of Old Chappaqua Available through the historical society.

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.

Other Links

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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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