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RYE (City and Town)


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 «Cemeteries » « Maps » «Library » «City Web Site» « Census » « Directories »
 «Bibliography » « Cultural and/or Historical sites » « Renowned Residents »
 «Surnames » «Other Institutions of Genealogical Interest » «Military info » «Loyalists»
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History

Rye is both a city and a town and is one of the oldest settlements in Westchester County, having begun in 1660 by settlers from Greenwich, CT. The name of Rye was taken in honor of the town of the same name located in Sussex, England. Included in the town of Rye are the villages of Port Chester and Rye Brook.

The City of Rye's web site gives a brief history of the area.

Vital Records

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

Historical Society

Rye Historical Society

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

Churches and Synagogues

Christ's Church
Rectory Street, Rye. Phone: 914-967-1752. Formerly Grace Church. Established circa: 1706.
See also: "Vital records of Christ's Church at Rye, Westchester County, New York: 1816 -1829", NY Genealogical & Biographical Record, July 1907, pp. 278-284. Also, see the Look ups page at the Westchester site.
Church of the Resurrection (Roman Catholic)
Boston Post Road, Rye. Phone 914-967-0142. Established circa: 1880.
Community Synagogue
200 Forest Avenue, Rye. Phone 914-967-6262. Established circa: 1950.
Congregational Emanu-El of Westchester
Westchester Avenue, Rye. Phone 914-967-4382.
Greek Orthodox Ch. of Our Savior
Westchester Avenue, Rye. Phone 914-967-2338.
Rye Presbyterian Ch.
Boston Post Road, Rye. Phone 914-967-0842. Established circa: 1727. Notes: has a small graveyard.
Trinity Presbyterian
2 Dearborn Avenue, Rye. Phone 914-967-6247
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

African, Colored or Black Cemetery
Located next to Greenwood Union Cemetery
Greenwood Union Cemetery
North Street, Rye. Phone: 914-967-0095. Circa 1837.
Jay Cemetery
The Jay Heritage Center, 210 Boston Post Road, Rye. Phone: 914-698-9275. This cemetery is located on the grounds of the Jay Home which is a National Historic Site.
Old Milton & Purdy Cemeteries
Milton Road, Rye.
see also "Transcribed Cemetery Inscriptions" below
Rye Presbyterian Ch.
See listing under Churches above.
St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
Rye Brook. Phone: 914-939-9032
The Osborn Home Cemetery

In Charles Baird's book (published in 1871)  Chronicle of a Border Town: History of Rye, Westchester County, New York, 1660-1870, including Harrison and the White Plains till 1788, there is a chapter identifying some old cemeteries in Rye. Sections of it have been transcribed and are available at the attached page.

Transcribed Cemetery Inscriptions

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.

Horton, William P. "Milton Cemetery records, Rye, Westchester county, NY" Daughters of American Revolution Magazine [Washington, DC], v.99, no. 4, whole no. 836 (April 1965), pp. 428-429; continued in subsequent numbers.

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.

Have you looked at the cemetery listings here at the Westchester NYGenWeb site?

Maps

The Sanborn Map Company has issued Insurance maps of the town of Port Chester, New York (including Town of Rye, City of Rye, and Town of Harrison) [1934], copies of which are 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.

Also, see additional information on the Maps page at this Westchester site.

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Library

Town Web Site

Ryeberspace is the Internet site for the City of Rye. While visiting their site, be sure to check out their General Information and History section.

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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
Rye

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

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Directories

Polk's Port Chester (New York) Directory, including East Port Chester and Rye. [New York, NY: R.L. Polk & Co.] The years 1928/9 and 1932 are available at the New York Public Research Library.

Port Chester, Rye, including Byram (Connecticut), Directory. [New Haven, CT: Price & Co., 1959]

The Rye Free Reading Room also holds some city directories, yearbooks, newspapers, obituary indexes.

Also see the City Directories page on this Westchester Site.


Annotated Bibliography

___. "Vital records of Christ's Church at Rye, Westchester County, New York: 1816 -1829", NY Genealogical & Biographical Record, July 1907, pp. 278-284.

Baird, Charles W. Chronicle of a Border Town: History of Rye, 1660-1870. Includes history of White Plains and Harrison until 1788. [Harbor Hills, reprint c. 1983.] See a copy in PDF format on Googel Books.

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

Levine, Ted M. Rye in the Twenties

Meyer, Blakeman Quintard. Views of Rye. [Rye, NY] c. 1917.

Moxhay, Charles. Rye on the Water: a History of Rye and its water.....

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

Renino, Marjorie. The Guide to Genealogical Research for Westchester County. [White Plains, NY; c. 1985] See various chapters on Rye, Cemeteries, etc.

Sherman, Arthur Outram. Westchester County and the Town of Rye. [Rye, NY] c. 1909.

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

The Jay Heritage Center
210 Boston Post Road, Rye. Phone: 914-698-9275. This cemetery is located on the grounds of the Jay Home which is a National Historic Site. [Note: John Jay also had a homestead in Katonah (Bedford).]

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

Renowned Residents

John Jay, First Chief Justice of the U.S.A.

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 Rye [WCGS Newsletter, May 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

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

Families of Rye

Attached is a listing of those surnames shown in the two chapters entitled the "Families of Rye" from the book Chronicles of a Border Town: History of Rye, Westchester County, New York, 1660-1870, including Harrison and the White Plains Till 1788 by Charles W. Baird. This book was published in 1871 in New York by Anson D.F. Randolph and Company. If interested in seeing this book, contact your local library and ask if they can borrow a copy through inter-library loan. Or try contacting a dealer of out of print books such as those found on the Other Resource Links to purchase a copy.


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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