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Erie County, Pennsylvania

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  • Addison E. Armes (1852 - 1867)
    Addison was the son of William and Sarah Waite Armes. He died at 14 years, 11 months, and 6 days. INSCRIPTION: Brother thou art gone to rest, there lying in an early tomb, but Jesus summoned thee awa...
  • Sarah Jane "Sadie" Chapin (1877 - 1972)
    Sarah was the daughter of Orris and Lovina Castle Armes. She married Earl Chapin in 1898. Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 August 2020), Earl D...
  • William Armes (1817 - 1873)
    Son of John Riley Armes/Arms and Catherine Rhoades Armes Married Sarah Jane Waite November 23, 1848 Their children: William Edwin; Addison E.; Sarah Jane; and Orris Elmer Armes Married 2nd: Luset...
  • Lillian Marie Armes (1903 - 1904)
    Lillian was the daughter of Archie and Agnes Abel Armes. She died when she was 1 1/2 years old of Cholera. Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950", database, FamilySearch ( : 27 January...
  • Agnes Teresa Schrader (1885 - 1953)
    Agnes was the daughter of Matthew and Catherine Schlindwein Abel. She married Archie Armes in 1902. They were the parents of Orris Elmer, Lillian, Ronald Edwin, and Dorothy Armes. After Archie's ...

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Erie County was established on March 12, 1800. Prior to 1792, the region was claimed by both New York and Pennsylvania and so no county demarcations were made until the federal government intervened.

On March 23, 1823, the Erie County Courthouse burned and all county records to that point were destroyed.

The county was originally settled by immigrants of "Yankee" stock (immigrants from New England and the western part of New York descended from the English Puritans whose ancestors settled New England in the colonial era). Erie County resembled Upstate New York more than it did Pennsylvania with its population primarily consisting of settlers from Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine. Roads were laid out, post routes established, public buildings erected and people were invited to move there. The original settlers were entirely of New England origins or were Yankees from upstate New York whose families had moved to that place from New England only one generation earlier, in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War. This resulted in Erie County being culturally very contiguous with early New England culture.

Erie County was part of the Underground Railroad giving slaves the ability to gain freedom through Lake Erie into Canada, East through New York State, or to stay in Erie with the help of abolitionists and the free black community. Today, the "Journey to Freedom" educational program provides an interactive program on the Underground Railroad experience.

Adjacent Counties & Provinces

Cities & Boroughs

  • Albion
  • Corry
  • Cranesville
  • Edinboro
  • Elgin
  • Erie (County Seat)
  • Girard
  • Lake City
  • McKean
  • Mill Village
  • North East
  • Platea
  • Union City
  • Waterford
  • Wattsburg
  • Wesleyville

Other Townships & Communities: Amity, Avonia, Concord, Conneaut, Elk Creek, Fairview, Franklin, Greene, Greenfield, Harborcreek, Lawrence Park, LeBoeuf, Millcreek, Penn State Erie (Behrend), Springfield, Summit, Union, Venango, Washington and Wayne



Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places