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POUND RIDGE (Town)


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History

Pound Ridge "... is one of the oldest townships, having been organized in 1788. Bounded on the north and east by Lewisboro, and on the southeast and south by the Connecticut towns of New Canaan and Stamford, it enjoys the proximity of the "Land of Steady Habits." On the west are North Castle and Bedford."

"Poundridge appears to have been included in an Indian grant or sale to Capt. Nathaniel Turner and others in 1640, [Footnote: Stamford Town Records] which grant was confirmed by the Indians to the settlers of Stamford in 1655. The boundaries of the grant are rather indefinite, but included also the towns of Darien, New Canaan and a great part of Bedford and Greenwich.

"In 1701 occurred another confirmation of title to the inhabitants of Stamford by the Sagamore Catonah and other Indians. The boundaries given on the north -- "by the Stone Hills upon a straight line eastward into ye upper end of ye Long Pond and from thence an east line until it meets with a line drawn north from ye upper end of Five-Mile River" -- would seem to have included nearly the whole town within the township of Stamford.

"In 1731, at a settlement of boundary lines between the colonies, Poundridge fell within the limits of New York.

"In 1741 a settlement was made where the village now stands by Joseph Lockwood, James Brown, David Potts, Ebenezer Scofield and others from Stamford. Joseph Lockwood (then seventy-seven years of age) was accompanied by is son Joseph, who had married Sarah, a daughter of Joshua Hoyt, one of the original proprietors, and his grandson Ebenezer, then a boy of six, who was destined to take a prominent part in the coming Revolutionary struggle. Eleven years before this, in 1730, Deacon John Fancer had settled in the town, being, as far as can be ascertained, the first settler. He had seven some and two daughters and from him are descended all the Fancers of Poundridge.

Source: The above excerpts were taken from pages 561, 562 and 563 of Volume 2 of History of Westchester County,.... by Thomas Scharf, editor.

Vital Records

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

Transcribed Vital Records

Jordan, Mrs. Sterling, and Mrs. Frank W. Seth, compilers. Marriage Records, 1838-1871, of Aaron B. Fancher, justice of the peace, Poundridge, NY. Copy available at the New York Public Research Library's Genealogy and Local History room.

Harris, Jay. Marriages, Baptisms, Deaths, 1850-1983: extracted from the records of the Methodist Episcopal/Community Church, Pound Ridge, NY. [Pound Ridge, NY: The Community Church, 1984] Copy available at the New York Public Research Library's Genealogy and Local History room.

Harris, Jay, comp. Records of the Methodist Episcopal/Community Church, Pound Ridge, NY, 1833-1983. [Pound Ridge, NY: The Community Church, 1984] Copy available at the New York Public Research Library's Genealogy and Local History room.

Harris, Jay, comp. Index to Records of the Methodist Episcopal/Community Church, Pound Ridge, NY, 1833-1983. [Pound Ridge, NY: The Community Church, 1984] Copy available at the New York Public Research Library's Genealogy and Local History room.

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

Historical Society

Pound Ridge Historical Society and Museum

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.

Transcribed Church Records

Harris, Jay. Marriages, Baptisms, Deaths, 1850-1983: extracted from the records of the Methodist Episcopal/Community Church, Pound Ridge, NY. [Pound Ridge, NY: The Community Church, 1984] Copy available at the New York Public Research Library's Genealogy and Local History room.

Harris, Jay, comp. Records of the Methodist Episcopal/Community Church, Pound Ridge, NY, 1833-1983. [Pound Ridge, NY: The Community Church, 1984] Copy available at the New York Public Research Library's Genealogy and Local History room.

Harris, Jay, comp. Index to Records of the Methodist Episcopal/Community Church, Pound Ridge, NY, 1833-1983. [Pound Ridge, NY: The Community Church, 1984] Copy available at the New York Public Research Library's Genealogy and Local History room.

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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.

Jordan, Mable and Natalie Seth, compilers. Tombstone records of 18 Cemeteries in Pound Ridge. [Picton Press] Reprint of 1941 edition, with a comprehensive index of persons. Copy available at the 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.

Struble, Mildred E., comp. Burials in and around Pound Ridge, NY, 1860 to 1871; accounts of an undertaker, name unknown, probably High Ridge, just outside of Stamford, Conn. [n.p., 1947] Original ledger in the Archives of the Westchester County Historical Society. Copy available at the 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.

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

The Hiram Halle Memorial 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

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

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
Poundridge

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Directories

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

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

Harris, Jay. God's Country: a History of Pound Ridge, New York. [Chester, CT: Pequot Press, 1971]

Harris, Jay. For the Record: the People who made Pound Ridge "God's County" [Somers, NY: J. Harris, 1992]

Harris, Jay. Marriages, Baptisms, Deaths, 1850-1983: extracted from the records of the Methodist Episcopal/Community Church, Pound Ridge, NY. [Pound Ridge, NY: The Community Church, 1984] Copy available at the New York Public Research Library's Genealogy and Local History room.

Harris, Jay, comp. Records of the Methodist Episcopal/Community Church, Pound Ridge, NY, 1833-1983. [Pound Ridge, NY: The Community Church, 1984] Copy available at the New York Public Research Library's Genealogy and Local History room.

Harris, Jay, comp. Index to Records of the Methodist Episcopal/Community Church, Pound Ridge, NY, 1833-1983. [Pound Ridge, NY: The Community Church, 1984] Copy available at the New York Public Research Library's Genealogy and Local History room.

Jordan, Mable L., William Patterson, Nataliw M. Seth Poundridge Presbyterian Church, Westchester County, N.Y.: Marriages Performed by Rev. William Patterson, 1837-1886

Jordan, Mable and Natalie Seth, compilers. Tombstone records of 18 Cemeteries in Pound Ridge. [Picton Press] Reprint of 1941 edition, with a comprehensive index of persons.

Lockwood, Ezra. Sketches of Poundridge, NY., and Genealogy of the Lockwood Family. [New York: 1878]

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

Pessoni, Philip A. Historical Notes on the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation...

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

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

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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