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Chautauqua County, New York

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  • John Curtis Pierce (1911 - 1996)
    Cayuga/Heron Clan John was born on the Cornplanter Reservation, Elk, Warren, Pennsylvania Son of Amos W. Pierce and Caroline "Carrie" Gardner Parker United States Social Security Death Index,...
  • Fred Ball (1915 - 2007)
    Frederick Henry Ball was an American movie studio executive, and brother of comedian Lucille Ball.Ball was born on July 17, 1915, to Henry Durrell Ball and Désirée "Dede" Evelyn Hunt in Jamestown, New ...
  • Roger Fox (1924 - d.)
    Residence 1930: Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York Residence 1940: Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York
  • Alice Forslin (1921 - 2008)
    Alice F. Forslin, 87, formerly of West Oak Hill Road, Jamestown, passed away Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, at the Shore Winds Nursing Home in Rochester, N.Y. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of ...
    Irv Noren (1924 - 2019)
    In October 1935 Perry Noren of Jamestown, New York, drove his sons, Everett and Irving, to Detroit for the opening game of the 1935 World Series, and they saw Schoolboy Rowe pitch for the Tigers. The n...

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Most of Chautauqua County was held by the Erie people prior to the Beaver Wars in the 1650s. French forces traversed the territory beginning in 1615. The Seneca Nation conquered the territory during the Beaver Wars and held it through the next century until siding with the British crown, their allies for most of the 18th century, against the American revolutionaries in the American Revolutionary War.

Chautauqua County was organized by the state legislature during the development of western New York after the American Revolutionary War. It was officially separated from Genesee County on March 11, 1808. This partition was performed under the same terms that produced Cattaraugus and Niagara counties. The partition was done for political purposes, but the counties were not properly organized for self-government, so they were all administered as part of Niagara County.

On February 9, 1811, Chautauqua was completely organized, and its separate government was launched. This established Chautauqua as a county of 1,100 square miles of land. Chautauqua has not been altered since.

It is located south of Lake Erie and includes a small portion of the Cattaraugus Reservation of the Seneca.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Towns

  • Arkwright
  • Busti
  • Carroll
  • Charlotte
  • Chautauqua
  • Cherry Creek
  • Clymer
  • Dunkirk
  • Ellery
  • Ellicott
  • Ellington
  • French Creek
  • Gerry
  • Hanover
  • Harmony
  • Jamestown
  • Kiantone
  • Mayville (County Seat)
  • Mina
  • North Harmony
  • Poland
  • Pomfret
  • Portland
  • Ripley
  • Sheridan
  • Sherman
  • Stockton
  • Villenova
  • Westfield



Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

We Were the Mulvaneys (1996 book)