St Lawrence County Historical Association

Antique & Artisan Show and Sale

George Emery of Time on My Hands clock repair

George Emery, of Time on My Hands clock repair and restoration from Bombay, NY, poses with some of his antique clocks at last year’s St Lawrence County Historical Association Antique & Artisan Show and Sale. Don’t miss this year’s show on Saturday, April 25th from 10 am to 4 pm at Canton’s McKenney Middle School, 99 State Street, sponsored by Blanchard’s Auction Service, Potsdam and Mort Backus & Sons, Ogdensburg.


Cooper's Falls Mills, Abbott House, Gouverneur, and Crane Normal Institute are Featured Buildings in SLCHA Miniatures

Miniatures of Cooper's Falls Grist Mill and Blast Furnace, the Vasco P Abbott House in Gouverneur, and the Crane Normal Institute

The Cooper's Falls Grist Mill and Blast Furnace, the Vasco P Abbott House in Gouverneur, and the Crane Normal Institute, Potsdam, are the latest buildings to be reproduced in miniature by the St Lawrence County Historical Association. The buildings are part of a hand-painted, limited edition series which are produced in conjunction with artisans Glenn and Marty Pierce to recognize architecturally significant structures in St Lawrence County. The cost for a set of all three buildings is $30, while individual buildings are $12 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Historical Association. To order any of these buildings, or to inquire about other buildings in the series, please contact the St Lawrence County Historical Association, at 3 East Main Street, Canton, NY 13617, phone 315-386-8133 or email. More…

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.

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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.

  • Davies, William Henry - Born: Oct. 6, 1820 in Ogdensburg, NY; Son of John F. Davies and Almeda Giffin
    Enlisted from Oswegatchie in 16th NY Inf as QM on Oct 20, 1861;
    Mustered out May 22, 1863 at Albany, NY. He married Helen McVean May 2, 1844. He died Jan. 1, 1913 and is buried in Ogdensburg Cemetery. SLU in Canton has 54 letters he wrote to his family while in the service in Virginia. The commander of the 16th, Thomas A. Davies, was his uncle (AG, 1850, 1860, 1890, cemetery, newspaper, data)
  • Reid, William - Born: 1839 in Canada; Son of Mary ________
    Enlisted from Oswegatchie in 16th NY Inf Co A as Pvt on Oct 4, 1861;
    Mustered out May 22, 1863 at Albany, NY and later served in the 13th NY Cav. Co. C. as QM Sgt. and Commissary Sgt. He lived in Johnson City, TN in 1906 and died May 23, 1911 (TC, AG, 1850, 1865, NMC, data)
  • Bullard, Charles W. - Born: Apr. 1844 in Fowler, NY; Son of Ezekiel Bullard and Eunice _______
    Enlisted from Fowler in 20th NY Cav Co H as Corp on Sep 6, 1864;
    Mustered out June 22, 1865 from the post hospital Ft. Monroe, VA. He died Feb. 23, 1920 and is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Carthage, NY (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, 1900, cemetery, data)
  • Allen, Alfred C. - Born: Nov. 26, 1830 in Lebanon, NH; Son of Isaac Allen and Sophrona _____
    Enlisted from Oswegatchie in 78th NY Inf Co G as 1st Lt on Oct 12, 1861;
    Mustered out Feb. 25, 1863 for promotion to Captain in the 78th USCT and later served in the 6th LA Inf. He moved to Chicago in 1884. He died in Chicago, IL Nov. 3, 1893 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Chicago. He is listed in the Potsdam and Oswegatchie TC records (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, cemetery, data)
  • Clark, Alfred E. - Born: Feb. 5, 1842 in Potsdam, NY; Son of William Clark and Louisa Dewey
    Enlisted from Potsdam in 16th NY Inf Co B as Pvt on June 24, 1861;
    Wounded June 27, 1862 at Gaines Mills, VA and again May 3, 1863 at Salem Church, VA. He mustered out May 22, 1863 at Albany, NY and re-enlisted into the 13th NY Cav. Co. A in Jan. 1864. He transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps Mar. 21, 1865. He lived in Elmira, NY in 1900 and died Nov. 2, 1918 in Horseheads, NY (TC, AG, 1850, 1860, 1865, 1900, 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:

  • Apr 1, 1865 - Battle of Five Forks (Virginia)
  • Apr 2, 1865 - Selma, Alabama, falls; final Union assault on Petersburg,Virginia
  • Apr 3, 1865 - Richmond and Petersburg occupied by Union forces
  • Apr 5, 1865 - Army notes victory April 1-2 near Petersburg, Virginia.
  • Apr 5, 1865 - 60th New York Infantry in northward travels 24 March 1865 near Goldsboro, North Carolina.
  • Apr 6, 1865 - The Malone Palladium has headline: Fall of Richmond, "The Babylon of the Secession has fallen".
  • Apr 6, 1865 - Battle of Sayler's Creek (Virginia)
  • Apr 7, 1865 - Battle of High Bridge (Virginia)
  • Apr 9, 1865 - Battles of Appomattox (Virginia) and Fort Blakely (Alabama); Lee surrenders at Appomattox
  • Apr 12, 1865 - Mobile, Alabama, surrenders to Union forces
  • Apr 12, 1865 - Lee and Army of Northern Virginia Surrender 9 April 1865
  • Apr 12, 1865 - 106th New York Infantry took part in April 2nd battle at Petersburg: 7 killed, 37 wounded.
  • Apr 12, 1865 - Potsdam Celebration a "Veritable Jubilee" on Monday April 10th. On Market Street and Main Street lit bonfires, home guard and glee clubs entertain, night time there are notable speakers at American Hotel.
  • Apr 14, 1865 - Lincoln shot by John Wilkes Booth
  • Apr 15, 1865 - Lincoln dies
  • Apr 19, 1865 - President Lincoln's Assassination
  • Apr 19, 1865 - Bounties Listed in the towns of the county $405,649, County Bounties $806,200.
  • Apr 19, 1865 - Income tax for war in Potsdam listed for 1863, those who earned over $600 in income taxed 5%.
  • Apr 20, 1865 - 98th New York Infantry in Weitzel's Division 1st Brigade along with first regiments entered Richmond 8:00 AM April 2. Colonel Kreutzer Commanding the 98th appointed Provost-Marshal of the 2nd District.
  • Apr 20, 1865 - 118th New York Infantry also in the same Division is safe within Richmond dated April 1865. Lieutenant Clifford Hubbard says our division was the first to enter the city, "It is the happiest day of my life."
  • Apr 26, 1865 - Johnston surrenders to Sherman in North Carolina
  • Apr 26, 1865 - Sherman's surrender terms for Johnston's Army too generous, rejected by government. Terms included non-military. Later surrender terms same as General Grant used for Lee, accepted.
  • Apr 26, 1865 - Sermon by Potsdam's Gurley for Lincoln's Funeral.

Events in bold are St Lawrence County events