Cattaraugus County
New York
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County Information
The county seat is Little Valley.
The county was split off from Genesee County and created in 1808 and later organized in 1817.

The traditional homeland of the now-extinct Wenrohronon Indians and later occupied by the Seneca people, one of the five Nations of the Haudenosaunee. During the colonial era, it was claimed by at least three territories: New York Colony, Massachusetts Bay Colony and Pennsylvania Colony, each of which extended their colonial claims to the west until after the Revolutionary War

At first there was no county government due to the sparse population. From 1812 to 1814, Cattaraugus County was incorporated in Allegany County; from 1814 to 1817, records of the county were divided between Belmont (Allegany County) and Buffalo (then in Niagara County).

 In 1817, a county government was established for Cattaraugus County in the southwestern corner of the town of Hebe, now Ellicottville.

Numerous towns in the county are named after agents of the Holland Land Company, including Ellicottville (Joseph Ellicott), Franklinville (William Temple Franklin, a speculator and grandson of Benjamin Franklin), and Otto and East Otto (Jacob Otto). The first settlement in the county was in Olean. After 1860, the county seat was moved to Little Valley. 

Cities
Olean * Salamanca

Towns
Allegany * Ashford * Carrollton * Coldspring * Conewango * Dayton * East Otto * Elko (dissolved 1965) * Ellicottville * Farmersville * Franklinville * Freedom * Great Valley * Hinsdale * Humphrey * Ischua * Leon * Little Valley * Lyndon * Machias * Mansfield * Napoli * New Albion * Olean * Otto * Perrysburg * Persia * Portville * Randolph * Red House * Salamanca * South Valley * Yorkshire *

Villages
Allegany * Cattaraugus * Delevan * Ellicottville * Franklinville * Gowanda * Little Valley (county seat) * Portville * South Dayton *

Hamlets
Jimerson Town * Steamburg

Native American Reservations
Allegany Reservation * Cattaraugus Reservation * Oil Springs Reservation

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Website Updates:
Aug 2016:  miscellaneous news story for WILTSE.  Marriage announcements for PLUMB-ROBINSON, BULLOCK-HENRY, BRYAN-DIXON, WATKINS-MCGLASHAN, JACKET-YEEH-AR-WEEH, TURK-O'STRANDER, HALFTOWN-HUFF.  Obits for BUNCE, WILCOX, MOSHER

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