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History

Ossining, formerly known as Sing Sing, was incorporated as a village in 1813. Ossining includes part of the village of Briarcliff Manor, as well as the village of Ossining.

The present-day town of Ossining had been included in the town of Mount Pleasant but separated from Mount Pleasant in 1845. It was originally part of the Manor of Philipseburgh. With the confiscation and sale of Frederick Philipse property after the American Revolutionary War, the Manor was broken up.

Vital Records

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

Historical Society

Ossining Historical Society

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

Churches and Synagogues

First Baptist Church
S. Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562
Ossining United Methodist Church
1 Emwilton Place, Ossining, NY 10562; Phone: 914-941-5943
First Presbyterian of Ossining
34 S. Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562; Phone: 914-941-0540
St. Paul's on the Hill
40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, NY 10562; Phone: 914-
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. Augustine Cemetery
Hawkes Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562; Phone: 914-941-6711
Many of the early Italian and Irish immigrants who worked on the Croton Dam are buried here.
Sparta Burying Ground
See our listing of the sandstone grave stones at Sparta.
Dale Cemetery
104 Havell Street, Ossining, NY 10562; Phone: 914-941-1155

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. 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

Village of Ossining map

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

Ossining's home page can be viewed at: http://www.concentric.net/~crotonvi/townoss.shtml

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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 and Newspapers

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.

Newspapers

The Hudson River Chronicle began publishing in Sing Sing (Ossining) in 1837 and ceased in 1860. Microfilmed copies of years 1837 to 1850 are available at the New York Public Research Library.

The Republican began publishing in 1857 and ceased publication in 1882. Issues from 1869, 1870 and 1873 are available at the New York Public Research Library.

The Sing Sing Republican began publishing in 1882. A copy is available at the New York Public Research Library.

The Westchester Herald began publishing in Sing Sing in 1818 and continued to 1829. Microfilmed copies are available at the New York Public Research Library.


Annotated Bibliography

___. (Ossining's) Golden Jubilee, 1901-1951, September 23-29, 1951. [Ossining, NY: Ossining Chamber of Commerce, 1951]

Barlow, William H. History of St. Paul's Church, Sing Sing, NY [Sing Sing, NY: 1901]

Culp, Evelyn Squire. Century of an Ossining Family 1876-1986. [c. 1987.]

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

Horne, Philip Field. A Land of Peace; the Early History of Sparta, a Landing Town on the Hudson. [Ossining, NY: Ossining Restoration Committee, 1976]

Lawes, Lewis E. Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing [New York: The New Home Library, 1932]. Lewis Lawes served as warden of Sing Sing Prison, beginning as a guard in 1905.

Oechsner, Carl. Ossining: An Informal Bicentennial History [Croton-on-Hudson, NY: North River Press, 1975].

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

Reynolds, Florence Leary, compiler. Reminiscences of Ossining [Ossining, NY: Moran-Register Press, 1922]. Compiled from articles written by Cornelia Sears Arnold.

For other books containing information related 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

The Old Leather Man
The New York Public Library holds a scrapbook of mounted clippings from newspapers in the Ossining, NY, area giving stories about this local "resident".

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 Ossining [WCGS Newsletter, March 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

Ossining at War

For rosters of those soldiers from Ossining who participated in the various wars in which Americans fought, see these web pages at http://www.bestweb.net/~hello/osswar.html. While visiting this site, please leave a note for the web master thanking him for making these rosters available to us on the web.

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

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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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