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My name is Jennifer Payne and as your Steuben County, NY host I try to post as much data online as possible in order to make it freely available to all. We gratefully accept contributions of raw data such as census information, marriage/birth/death records, and obituaries, county histories, biographies, old newspaper items - anything that would help someone build their family tree!!

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     Steuben County was named for Friedrich Wilhelm Augustin, Baron von Steuben (1730-1794), a German-Prussian General who served with George Washington in the American Revolutionary War. Settlers first became aware of the area during Sullivan's expedition. Until this time it was inhabited mostly by the Iroquois, which were driven out of the area by Sullivan in response to the Wyoming Massacre that took place in nearby portions of Pennsylvania.
     Settlement at the end of the war was impeded, however, as ownership of
Western New York  was contested and had long been claimed by both Massachusetts and New York. Finally, on December 16, 1786 a compact was reached between the two states. Massachusetts received the greater part of New York lying west of Seneca Lake and conveyed about 2,600,000 acres to Oliver Phelps and Nathaniel Gorham at the end of 1788.
     The portion of the purchase which now constitutes Steuben County was surveyed by Frederick Saxton, Augustus Porter, Thomas Davis, and Robert James in the summer of 1789. Phelps and Gorham sold the remaining unsold land, in 1790, to Robert Morris of Philadelphia, who in turn sold it to Sir William Pulteney, of England, in 1792. This has since been known as the Pulteney Estate, and their agent, Charles Williamson was responsible for selling the remaining land.
     Formed March 18, 1796, Steuben County was taken from Ontario County. Originally it was divided into six towns, that of: Bath, Canisteo, Dansville, Fredericton, Middletown, and Painted Post. Since its organization, portions have been annexed to Allegany, Yates, Livingston and Schuyler Counties, leaving it with 1,397 square miles of land area, making it larger than the state of Rhode Island. The County seat is Bath, the village named for Sir William Pulteney's daughter, Laura, the Countess of Bath.

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