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PELHAM (Town and Village)


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History

Pelham includes the villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor.

Pelham "... appears to have been purchased from the Indians some time previous to the year 1666 by Thomas Pell, and by him called Pelham, an old English name composed of Pel (remote) and Ham (mansion). By Governor Nichols it was granted and confirmed, in 1666, "To Thomas Pell, Esq., of Fairfield in Connecticut, together with the island adjacent and all its privileges," and erected into "an enfranchised township or manor" and secured to him and his heirs."

[Source: Excerpt from Chapter XVII, in Scharf's History of Westchester County,..., Volume 1, page 701-711.]

Vital Records

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

Historical Society

If you have any such information regarding a historical society for this location, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.about adding it to this page.

Churches and Synagogues

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 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

Atlas of the City of Mount Vernon and the Town of Pelham: compiled from official records, personal surveys, and other private plans and surveys. [Mount Vernon, NY: John F. Fairchild, 1908]. Copy available at the New York Public Library's Map Division.

The Sanborn Map Company has issued Insurance maps of the town of Pelham which comprises North Pelham, Pelham, and Pelham Manor and the town of Eastchester which includes the villages of Bronxville and Tuckahoe, New York. [1932], a copy of which is available in the Map Division of the New York Public Library. 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.

Many town historical societies hold maps of their vicinities, including copies of the Sanborn insurance maps. Be sure to inquire at such institutions as well as at local libraries.

If you have any such information relating to this location, please contact the county coordinator for this web site.

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Library

Pelham 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

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.

Federal Census: 1790
Pelham

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

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Directories

For some city directories, see New Rochelle library.

Also see the City Directories page on this Westchester Site.

Pelham Bibliography

Barr, Lockwood, compiler. The Ancient Town of Pelham known onetime well & favourably as the Lordship & Manor of Pelham. Also the story of the three modern villages known as the Pelhams -- Westchester Co., NY. [Pelham Manor, NY: 1945]

Barr, Lockwood. A Brief, but Most Complete & True Account of the Settlement of the Ancient Town of Pelham, Westchester County, State of New York. [Richmond, VA: The Dietz Press, Inc.], 1946.

Brown, Herbert H. Historical Sketch of the Church of the Redeemer, Pelham, New York, 1859-1941. [Pelham, NY: 1941]

Franko, Alfred M. Pelham Manor: The Forgotten Battle of the Revolution, near Mount Vernon, NY. [Mount Vernon, NY] c. 1963.

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

Pell, Robert T. Sir John Pell, 2nd Lord of the Manor of Pelham, Westchester County, NY and his father, Dr. John Pell, mathematician, scholar and ambassador to the Protestant Swiss Cantons. [Privately printed] c. 1964 [Pelliana, new series vol. 1, no. 2]

Pell, Robert T. Thomas Pell, 1st Lord of the Manor of Pelham, Westchester County, NY. [Privately printed] c. 1962 [Pelliana, new series vol. 1, no. 1]

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

Secor, Joan E. Landmarks in and near Pelham. [Pelham, NY: Town of Pelham, 1924]

For other books containing information related to this town but covering a county-wide level, see 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

Dr. Alvah H. Doty — Health Officer of the Port of New York from 1895 to 1912 and from 1913 until his retirement in 1933 as medical director of the Western Union Telegraph company. Appointed an inspector on the staff of the Health Officer of the Port, he subsequently was made diagnostician of the New York Board of Health, and then chief of its Bureau of Contagious Diseases. Further testimony to the efficiency of Dr. Doty's administration was furnished by a special commission sent to the world's leading ports, which concluded that the system of quarantine under Dr. Doty at Hoffman, Swinburne and Ellis Islands was the best in the world. Besides his work in guarding Americans from diseases brought by immigrants, Dr. Doty added immensely to the metropolis by ridding Staten Island of mosquitos (sic), an ancient pest which he combated successfully in a six-year campaign.

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.

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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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