St Lawrence County Historical Association

Antique & Artisan Show and Sale

Quilt blockComing April 25 at McKenney Middle School, Canton - Antique & Artisan Show and Sale

A block (right) from the Courthouse Steps quilt for the St Lawrence County Historical Association's 25th annual Antique & Artisan Show and Sale Quilt Raffle. The quilt consists of mostly Civil-War era reproduction fabrics and was pieced by SLCHA member Nancy Lafaver of Lisbon.

Looking for a good home for an antique or collectible that you are ready to part with? Consider making a donation to the St Lawrence County Historical Association's silent auction, which is just one part of the SLCHA's 25th annual Antique & Artisan Show and Sale on Saturday, April 25th from 10 am to 4 pm at Canton's McKenney Middle School, 99 State Street.


Song Featured

In the summer of 1876, just as the presidential campaign was getting under way, Cornelia McFalls of Gouverneur published a poem that was set to music by William F Sudds, also of Gouverneur, and soon became a popular campaign song. Hear the song at SLCHA's Quarterly page.

Coming Events

Civil War Veterans

John Austin has contributed a database of Civil War veterans from St Lawrence County. It consists of information on some 6,800 people who served in the Civil War. These are 5 of the people in the database; you can visit and search the data.

  • Center, Edgar A. - Born: 1848 in Canada; Son of Luther Center and Mary ________
    Enlisted from Potsdam in 193rd NY Inf Co B as Pvt on Feb 15, 1865;
    Died at Cumberland, MD Aug. 6, 1865 but is listed in the 1865 census of men still in the service. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Norwood (AG, 1865, cemetery, newspaper)
  • Green, Albert - Born: Feb. 16, 1817 in Fairfield, NY; Son of John Green and Abigail Wight
    Enlisted from Fowler in 13th NY Art Co G as Pvt on Nov 1862;
    Transferred to the 6th NY H. Art June 27, 1865 and mustered out Aug. 24, 1865 at Washington, DC. He was married three times, one of his wives being Diantha Brace. He died at Little York Mar. 14, 1901 and is buried in Fowler Baptist Cemetery (TC, AG, 1865, 1890, 1900, cemetery, newspaper)
  • Goings, William - Born: Feb. 16, 1822 in Morristown, NY; Son of Joseph Goings and Eliza Frasier
    Enlisted from Macomb in 106th NY Inf Co C as Pvt on Jul 23, 1862;
    Mustered out June 22, 1865 near Washington, DC. He died Feb. 11, 1889 and is buried in Edwardsville Cemetery in Morristown (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, cemetery)
  • Harrington, Lorenzo Clark - Born: Aug. 2, 1841 in Stockholm, NY; Son of Bailey Harrington and Fidelia Norton
    Enlisted from Stockholm in 60th NY Inf Co K as Corp on Sep 14, 1861;
    Died of typhoid fever Jul. 31, 1862 at Little Washington, VA and is buried in Culpeper National Cemetery in Plot 380. There is also a stone for him in Fairview Cemetery in Brasher (TC, AG, 1865, cemetery)
  • Robb, Walter - Born: Sep. 16, 1838 in Hammond, NY; Son of John Robb and Mary Robinson
    Enlisted from Rossie in 20th NY Cav Co C as 1st Sgt on Jul 16, 1863;
    Shot in the left foot and mustered out Jul. 31, 1865 near Manchester, VA He lived in Macomb in 1850, in Rossie in 1860, Macomb in 1865 and Hammond in 1890. He died of pneumonia Aug. 31, 1925 in Salt Lake City, UT. His death certificate and obituary say he was buried in Rossie and he may be buried with his father in Riverside Cemetery in Rossie. He is listed in the Macomb and Rossie TC records (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, 1890, newspaper, data)

If a name appears in bold, the person died as a result of their service.

St Lawrence County War of 1812 History Trail

War of 1812 Historic SignThe War of 1812 happened right here in our own backyard in St Lawrence County, yet few people are aware of what happened and where. The War of 1812 Virtual Trail is meant to educate us about these important events that shaped our young nation.

Stroll through these sites online or - better yet - make a copy and enjoy a pleasant drive exploring where important events of the War of 1812 happened in St Lawrence County.

Visit the trail

Who are these Civil War officers?

We have located two stereo pairs of the officers of the New York 60th taken at Fauquier Sulphur Springs, Virginia during the Civil War. Some of the people in the picture have been identified. See enlargements of the faces and help us identify more people in the picture. See the picture and help us identify more people in it

Civil War Sesquicentennial

150 years ago this month:

  • Mar 1, 1865 - Fall of Charleston, South Carolina, February 17, 1865.
  • Mar 1, 1865 - Sherman's March northward continues without much opposition they had crossed into North Carolina.
  • Mar 1, 1865 - Both houses of the Louisiana Legislature have ratified an amendatory act abolishing slavery in the United States.
  • Mar 2, 1865 - February 18, 1865, General R E Lee announces that the South will employ blacks in CSA Army.
  • Mar 2, 1865 - Wilmington, North Carolina captured by Union General Terry; a new base for supply for Sherman's Army.
  • Mar 2, 1865 - Battle of Waynesboro (Virginia)
  • Mar 3, 1865 - 2nd (final) Session, 38th Congress, adjourns
  • Mar 4, 1865 - Lincoln reinaugurated
  • Mar 8, 1865 - Battle of Kinston (North Carolina) (to the 10th)
  • Mar 16, 1865 - 142nd New York Infantry has Lieutenant Colonel Albert M Barney mustered as Colonel of 142nd; Major William Jones of Malone to Lieutenant Colonel; N Martin Curtis promoted to Brigadier General of US Volunteers. [Previously Curtis was Brevetted as Brigadier General.] 142nd left for a garrison at Smithville, North Carolina, near Cape Fear
  • Mar 16, 1865 - Battle of Averysboro (North Carolina)
  • Mar 18, 1865 - Brigadier General Newton Martin Curtis arrived home in Ogdensburg, 11 March 1865 after recovering from a headshot wound (above left eye) at Fort Fisher Battle, 15 January 1865.
  • Mar 18, 1865 - Passports order revoked - Canada and US can handle without passports.
  • Mar 18, 1865 - 13th New York Cavalry - Prospect Hill, Virginia, Mosby's Guerillas ambush and surround Co F; 2 killed and 7 wounded, 7 missing and captured, including Albert Shipman. Wounded was Hollis Snell.
  • Mar 18, 1865 - 2nd (final) Session 2nd Confederate Congress, adjourns
  • Mar 19, 1865 - Battle of Bentonville (North Carolina) (to the 21st)
  • Mar 22, 1865 - Wilson's raid (to April 24) south into Alabama
  • Mar 23, 1865 - Several men listed in Franklin and St Lawrence Counties to be drafted.
  • Mar 25, 1865 - Battle of Fort Stedman (Virginia); siege of Mobile, Alabama (to April 12)
  • Mar 29, 1865 - 60th New York Infantry near Fayetteville, North Carolina; Sherman's March North not impeded by Johnston's Army (the Letter was sent 14 March 1865, that was before the Bentonville, North Carolina battle 20 March 1865) Capt Lester Willson commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel and is the commander of the 60th New York. [60th involved with battle at Averysborough, North Carolina (before Bentonville), only as backup for Bentonville on second day.]
  • Mar 29, 1865 - Fort Stedman attacked at Petersburg, Virginia - Rebels capture the Fort but fail to keep it, Union Army retakes the Fort. 14th New York Heavy Artillery in front line of that battle and lost many casualties, including 13 killed, 35 wounded, and 209 missing [supposed mostly captured].
  • Mar 29, 1865 - Captain Charles H Houghton, 14th New York Heavy Artillery, awarded Medal of Honor for bravery at Fort Stedman, 1865.
  • Mar 31, 1865 - Battle of Dinwiddie Court House (Virginia)

Events in bold are St Lawrence County events