Westville Historical Organization
 

Genealogy: We have collected quite a few interesting artifacts and records relating to the lives and the interesting times of Westville. Inside our history center you will find genealogies on the following families:

Armstrong
Anderson
Avery
Barney
Broughton
Chapman/Smith
Chatland/Dibble/Taylor
Chipmen/Russell/Whipple
Cunningham
Cushman
DeGowin
Dibble
Elliott
Ellsworth
Fleury-Premo
Gibbs
Hoadley
Howard
Learned/Gibson/Lord
McCabe
McCaffrey
McGibbon (John)
McGibbon - "Our Scottish Kin"
Premo
Reynolds
Rhoades
Robert-Robinson
Rousel-Rouselle-Russell
Rowley
Southworth
Stewart
Waggoner-Helm
Warner
White
Wilson
Wright

One genealogy collection includes surnames Bero, Chapman, Gore, Gralow, Heister, Jahnke, Lantry, Schullin, Smith, and Southworth.

History Center: Our history center also houses the following research records. We are adding to these records whenever the opportunity arises:

Town of Westville tax assessment books (1892-1970)

Town of Westville subdivision maps (1800s)

Gleaner extracts (Huntingdon, Quebec newspaper, 1895, 1903-1913)

Frederick Seavers' "History of Franklin County"

Many Westville school district day books with student's names/teachers

Rev. Ashbel Parmalee marriages at the First Congregational Church in Malone (1810-1862)

List of Westville Masonic Lodge members Some meeting minutes of the Westville Episcopal Methodist Church

Westville/West Constable Soldiers in the War of 1812

Donovan's "Fort Covington and Her Neighbors" (includes Westville)

Clyde Rabideau's "Obituaries of Franklin County" (1887-1958)

Enrolled voters of the Town of Westville (1937)

Many dog license applications (1937)

Civil War Records, Westville Soldiers

Franklin County Census (1800-1840)

Westville Census (1855, 1860, 1875)

Westville Cemeteries: Briggs Street Cemetery, Riverside Cemetery, Pine Knoll Cemetery (also known as the Mann Cemetery), and Coal Hill Cemetery

If you need our assistance, there is no charge to check our records for the existence of an individual. Beyond that, there is a $10 per (liberal) hour charge for research. Copies of photographs are charged as follows:

  8x10 5x7
black and white copy $7.00 $4.00
color copy $9.00 $6.00
postage $1.35 $1.00

Resources: Two great resources for Westville and Franklin County are at your computer fingertips. If you haven't yet found Northern New York Historical Newspapers online, go there and find your ancestors in any of several publications going back as far as 1811. You can search Franklin county as well as Clinton, Essex, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, and Oswego counties. The Northern New York Library Network continues to add to their collection. The other huge resource for Franklin County is the Northern New York Tombstone Transcription Project, which allows a researcher to search cemeteries by surname in Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties.

Contributions, Donations, and Gifts: We ABSOLUTELY accept any photos, family genealogies, artifacts, or stories relating to Westville and its residents. If you can share copies of your photographs, we will scan them and return them in a timely fashion. Please contact us first so we know your contribution is on its way!