Town of Albany


Extracted from the "History of Green County, Wisconsin" published by Union Publishing Company, Springfield, Ill. 1884; page 657:
The town of Albany is on the eastern tier of Green county, comprising congressional township 3 north, range 9 east, except 320 acres of section 6, which has been annexed to Brooklyn. To the north of Albany lies the town of Brooklyn, its east line forms the Rock county boundary and to the west and south are the towns of Mount Pleasant and Decatur, respectively.
An early settler in the town of Albany was James CAMPBELL of PA. coming here in 1839. He was accompanied by John SUTHERLAND. They, along with CAMPBELL's wife were the only settlers until 1842.

Hiram BROWN came in 1842 as did John BROUGHTON; John WARNER; John SNELL; Lathrop ABBOT.

Other settlers to follow were: Rev. Stephen Leonard ELDRED; Joshua WHITCOMB; Erastus HULBURT; Harry M. PURINGTON; Christopher MEINERT; James SPENCER; Thomas McVEE; and Jeremiah BREWER.

The first birth was that of Stephen, son of Stephen L. and Roxanna ELDRED 31 July 1843.

The first marriage was that of Albert S. HOLMES to Sarah A. CASS 26 July 1846.

Religions were Methodist Episcopal; United Brethren; Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran.

Hoosic postoffice was established in 1849 on section 36 with Jeremiah BREWER postmaster.

The village of Albany was first called "Campbell's Ford".

The first marriage in the village was Daniel BAXTER and Chloe NICHOLS in 1847.

The first birth was Philander NICHOLS.

The first death was that of Thomas McVEE in 1846.





1860 Mortality Schedule
(extracted from 1860 Federal Census for Green County, Wisconsin)


NAME AGE SEX MARITAL
STATUS
BORN MONTH
DIED
OCCUPATION CAUSE NO.DAYS
ILL
Simon GILBERT 2 months male   Wisconsin September   scarlet fever 2 months
Isabel PURINGTON 1 year female   Wisconsin October   dysentery 2 weeks
William D. JONES 2 years male   Wisconsin May   consumption 6 weeks
Madison SUTTON 26 years male   Ohio March   fits 23 years
Julia BAXTER 2 years female   Wisconsin May   unknown 5 months
Arthur T. KELLOG 2 years male   Wisconsin May   inflammation 2 weeks
Frederick GLEESON 2 months male   Wisconsin February   scarlet fever 3 days
William B. WHITE 1 year male   Wisconsin August   colera infantum 1 week
Cyrus NOYCE 38 years male married New York August   erysipelas 1 week
??? SLEEPER 6 months female   Kansas August   croup 3 days
Lee HARRISON 65 years male married New York October   consumption 1 year



Enumeration of the Town of Albany in Green County, State of Wisconsin on the 1st day of June, 1875
J.B. Perry, Town Clerk
Aggregate Population, males and females.

(Transcriber's note, some of this was extremely faded and hard to read or actually illegible. Next to the name are two numbers, the first represents the numbers of males in the family and the second the number of females. Where I have put a (?) this means the name or number is a guess, or I could not read it at all.)

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A Brief History of the Gap Church from the Albany Vindicator on 25 Sept. 1924

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Business Directory 1888

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The 1919 Homecoming and Chatauqua of Albany With Pioneer Reminiscences & List of Attendees
Albany Vindicator, April 3, 1919


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Green County Men Killed in World War I Albany Vindicator, March 6, 1919


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Albany's Oldest Resident Is First to Cross New Bridge Monroe Times, Nov. 20, 1924


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The Story of Albany In The Early Days Janesville Gazette, March 1, 1924


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Births, Deaths & Marriages and Comings & Goings extracted from the Albany Vindicator


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1885 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 - 1898
1899 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904
1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910
1917 - 1925          





The Story of Albany in The Early Days extracted from the "Janesville Gazette" March 01, 1924


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Albany Early Days



This is a A.A.Wessel Clock (early jeweler in Albany area). The clock is said to have hung in the front of the jewelry store for many years, and that everyone in town would set their watches to it. It now belongs to Paul Garvoille and hangs in his home. Photo and information courtesy of Paul Garvoille


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