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.

  • Amond, Israel - Born: Apr. 21, 1836 in Quebec, Canada; Son of Israel Amond and Laura Turnbull
    Enlisted from Pierrepont in 83rd NY Inf Co A as Pvt on Jul 11, 1863;
    Hired as a draft substitute for Edwin(?) Roberts of Potsdam. He was wounded at Cold Harbor, VA June 3, 1864. While wounded, he was transferred to the 97th NY Inf. Co. K and died at Division Hospital at Alexandria, VA June 13, 1864. He is buried in Alexandria National Cemetery in Grave 2121. He is also listed in the Potsdam TC record. He lived in Merrickville, ON in 1861 (TC, AG, data)
  • O'Connell, James - Born: Apr. 12, 1846 in Rossie, NY; Son of Timothy O'Connell and Elizabeth Fitzgerald
    Enlisted from Rossie in 142nd NY Inf Co B as Corp on Aug 2, 1862;
    Mustered out June 7, 1865 at Raleigh, NC. His widow applied for a pension in Sep. 1893 (TC, AG, 1860, data)
  • Dailey, James Turner - Born: Mar. 1836 in Lisbon, NY; Son of James Dailey and Catherine Turner
    Enlisted from Oswegatchie in 60th NY Inf Co A as Pvt on Sep 9, 1861;
    Transferred to the 6th US Cavalry Co. M Oct. 23, 1862 and served three years. He died Feb. 16, 1893 in Sackets Harbor, NY and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery in Heuvelton. He is listed in the Lisbon TC record, but not Oswegatchie's (TC, AG, 1860, cemetery, newspaper, data)
  • Butterfield, James Henry - Born: Nov. 13, 1846 in Pierrepont, NY; Son of William Butterfield and Huldah Booth
    Enlisted from Pierrepont in 15th NY Eng Co G as Pvt on Aug 30, 1864;
    Mustered out June 13, 1865 at Ft. Barry, VA. He lived in Colton in 1850 in the family of Nelson and Armelia Pearl, but with William and Elizabeth Butterfield in 1860 Pierrepont.. He married Lucinda Grover in 1871. He died Mar. 25, 1925 in Topeka, KS (TC, AG, 1850, 1860, 1865, data)
  • Sharp, John - Born: 1843 in St. Lawrence Co.; Son of John Sharp and Charlotte ______
    Enlisted from Oswegatchie in 16th NY Cav Co F as Corp on June 27, 1863;
    Transferred to the 3rd NY Prov. Cav. in Aug. 1865 and mustered out in Sep. 1865. He died in Ogdensburg Mar. 27, 1913 and is buried in Ogdensburg Cemetery. He is listed as James in the TC (TC, AG, 1850, 1860, 1865, cemetery, 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