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Chemung County, New York

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  • Major Elisha Griswold Baldwin, (USA) (1833 - 1906)
    The Baldwin genealogy from 1500 to 1881 (1881) Author: Baldwin, C. C. (Charles Candee), 1834-1895 Subject: Baldwin family Publisher: Cleveland, O, [Leader printing company] Possible copyright s...
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    Private Detective. She received notoriety, in an era when women did not usually work outside the home, as America's first woman detective. Born in New York City, almost nothing is known of her pri...
  • Eli Felt (1819 - 1885)
    Son of Asa Felt and Elizabeth "Betsey" Richards Married Olive Walcott on April 13, 1842 in Smyrna, Chenango, New York Children : Joshua Pitt, Ida Adelaide, Bessie Sarissa, Lulu Olive Dewitt, Eli Wa...
  • Olive Felt (1822 - 1900)
    Daughter of Joshua Walcott and Sarissa Taylor Talcott Married Eli Felt on April 13, 1842 in Smyrna, Chenango, New York Children : Joshua Pitt, Ida Adelaide, Bessie Sarissa, Lulu Olive Dewitt, Eli W...
  • James Smith Holmes (1829 - 1905)
    Married Mary Elizabeth Bonham on July 4, 1850 in Caton, Steuben, New York Their children: James H., William H., Frank Tabor, Harriett "Hattie" Lillian, Anson Bonham, Amos E., Minnie Minton and Charle...

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Chemung County was formed from 520 square miles of Tioga County in 1836. In 1854, Chemung County was divided and 110 square miles became Schuyler County, reducing Chemung to 410 square miles, its current size.

In the late 1870s, the Greenback Party became prominent in Chemung and nearby counties in western New York. Here it was primarily allied with labor in a critique of capital, reaching its peak in 1878, the year following the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 and the Scranton General Strike in Pennsylvania. There were also strikes that year in Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo, starting with the railroad workers. In Steuben and Chemung counties, Greenbackers were elected to county councils in 1878 instead of Democrats, and others were elected from there and nearby counties to the state legislature, gaining votes of more than 25 percent in several of the Southern Tier counties. It gradually declined after that, due to internal dissension and the strength of the two major parties.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Villages

  • Ashland
  • Baldwin
  • Big Flats
  • Catlin
  • Chemung
  • Elmira (County Seat)
  • Elmira Heights
  • Erin
  • Horseheads
  • Millport
  • Southport
  • Van Etten
  • Veteran
  • Wellsburg



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Chemung County Library Genealogy Collection

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