Books Available to Lewis County Researchers

Submitted by various contributors

Lynn (Ruggieri) Beahm, Publicist and Arcadia Publishing are pleased to announce the release of the book "Lowville", Author(s):  Dorothy K. Duflo, Foreword by Charlotte M. Beagle, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing's popular Images of America Series! with over 200 historic photographs, Lowville is full of great content.

Older list of Books
Original content below transcribed and contributed by:
Charmaine Campany

The following is a list of favorite books of Lewis County researchers. If you wish to add your favorites please e-mail the information, listing author, title, date published, number of pages, whether or not they are indexed, and a description!


Book available:
Early Days on Tug Hill also Lowville and Glenfield by Hazel Mae Wetmore
All through her life she recorded her activities and she had a love of history and genealogy. There are tales of logging, farming, schooling and early years of electricity.
Copies of the book may be purchased by mail order from Mrs. Wells.
Cost is $13.50 and shipping/handling of approx. $4.00. Checks can be sent to Mrs. Wells at 131 Judson Street Road, Canton, N.Y. 13617


Both Sides of the Ocean
Amish Mennonites from Switzerland to America by J. Virgil Miller
A momentous collection of data published in the now out-of-print Amish and Amish Mennonite Genealogies. Many of those same families are featured in this new hardcover, well illustrated book with lots of maps- all researched over the past fifty years by genealogist and author J. Virgil Miller.
Some family names covered in this 352 page book with an every name index include:
Erb, Esch, Gerber, Gingerich, Guth, Hertzler, Hershberger, Hostetler, Kauffman, Keim, Kurtz, King, Lehman, Mast, Miller, Mishler, Nafziger, Rickenbach, Roggy, Rupp, Schantz/Johns, Schmucker, Schrag/Schrock, Sommer, Speicher, Stahly, Stoltzfus, Troyer, Wagler, Yoder, Zook etc.........

Stories of a Boy from Gobblers Knob. - Preston Brower, legally blind storyteller from Castorland writes of his adventures and misadventures in his new book. He has been doing book signings in Lewis County, so it should be available at a local book store.

Lewis S. Van Arnam- Beaver Falls Cavalcade, History of the village including development of the pulp and paper industry, sketches and illustrations. 1979, 222 pages.

Lewis S. Van Arnam- A Beaver Falls Album, Similar to his first book but it has more pictures and less text, very little duplication. 1982, about 100 pages, not numbered.

Marion Hubbard Johnson- Castorland Through the Years- History of Castorland Village from about 1890 to 1975. Published 1976, 158 pages.

Franklin B. Hough - A History of Lewis County, in the State of New York, from the beginning of its settlement to the present time, 1860, 314 pages, indexed and includes illustrations.

Franklin B. Hough -1805- History of Lewis County, New York, 1883, 606 pages, indexed with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
G. Byron Bowen History of Lewis County New York 1880-1965 1970, 563 pages, indexed

Harold E. Samson The Other Side of the Hill June 1974, 243 pages, More Tug Hill Tales

Matthew J. Conway Highmarket "As You Were" 1977, 153 pages, Two Hundred Years of Tug Hill

Kenneth R. Proulx The Life and Enterprise of Theodore B. Basselin 1980, 154 pages, An episode in the Early History of Lewis County, it has history of the Beaver Falls, Jerden Falls and Croghan areas.

Edith Pilcher Castorland French Refugees in the Western Adirondacks 1793-1814 1985, 254 pages, indexed

Edith Pilcher The Constables: First Family of the Adirondacks 1992

Howard Thomas Black River in the North Country 1985, 213 pages, The stories of the Black River and its tributaries and the role they played in the evolution from wilderness to civilization

Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester Historical Sketches of Northern New York and the Adirondack Wilderness 1877 reprinted 5th, 1997, 311 pages, indexed, includes traditions of the Indians, Early Explorers, Pioneer Settlers, Hermit Hunters, etc.

Altsie Wilcox Port Leyden and Vicinity 1977, 1994, 91 pages, A collection of Memorabilia

James S. Pitcher From the Files of the Town Historian 1995, 175 pages, chapter index, Boonville Town Historian includes information on the townships of Ava, Boonville, West Leyden and Lewis

DeWitt C. LeFevre Grand-pere's Legacy 1979, 215 pages, A chronicle written for his children and grandchildren includes a history of Beaver Falls New York.

Patricia Bush Call Belfort of Yester-Years 1995,99 pages, A history of the hamlet of Belfort, Town of Croghan, Lewis County

Charles A. Grey A History of Brantingham 1997, 154 pages, includes illustrations, business information, and many facts about the people who contributed to the Brantingham community

Mrs. Ira G. Farney, Julius Farney and Mrs. Urban Karcher Farney Virkler Zehr Genealogy;   Genealogies of Three Large Families of Lewis County, New York: The Farney Family 1795-1988; The Rev. Rudolph Virkler Family 1792-1988; The Zehr Family 1789-1988 1989 by Julia Karcher (third update, Two Volumes) 1997 pages, Reminiscences, sketches of history, births, deaths, marriages, occupations, religious and political views, memoirs, educational advantages, addresses, etc.
....published in 1989 and is very very large (two big volumes)

There are still some sets available - but I believe not many
Can you add this  to the info-
if they are interested in buying a set they should call 315-348-6252 (they would make a wonderful Christmas present)
-If you are from Lewis County your family stands a good chance of being mentioned in this genealogy-
Joanne Vercler Niswander The Verclers of Illinois with Roots in Switzerland and France 1750-1990 1990, 234 pages, indexed, includes surname variations of Wurgler, Wverckler, Verkler, Virkler

Cathy VerSchneider Pferdshneider Descendancy and VerSchneider Ancestry1993, 100 pages plus pages of illustrations

Paul H. Carlson Empire Builder in the Texas Panhandle William Henry Bush 1996, 186 pages, indexed, The story of William Henry Bush who had roots in Martinsburg, Lewis County

Lewis County Historical Society French Settlement in the Early Days 1991, booklet of newspaper articles that started with the September 11, 1913, issue of the Lewis County Democrat- French Settlement would later be known as the village of Croghan


Lake Bonaparte N.Y. A reprint of Booklets Printed and Published 1938-1940 by Irvin M. Priest The Lake Bonaparte Conservation Club re-printed it in 1983, 79 pages, not indexed
Note- Irvin Priest published and printed three booklets:
The Why of Lake Bonaparte
Natural Bridge, New York
Continued History of Lake Bonaparte, N.Y. (Book #2.)1939&1940 respectively


A Giant on Earth or An Untamed Lumberjack by Marion K. Young 116 pages Kirch family history - the story of Frederick N. Kirch Have found this available at the Old Forge Hardware store.


Osceola "Jewel of Tug Hill" A pictorial history of Osceola, Lewis County, New York by Lola Moore and Elizabeth Quinn 2,000 were printed. Published by Compco Custom Printing, Blossvale, N.Y. Copyright 1985 ISBN: 0-9614483-0-X 368 pages



Zehr History and Genealogy
by Arletha Zehr Bender Yoder

now available from
Verna Roggie: 315-376-4570;
Anthony Zehr: 315-346-6496;
Doris Moser:: 315-346-1032
or from Alvis Bender: 315-376-3820

"Proud To Serve" - a history of the Croghan, NY, fire department from 1876 - 2001, by Kenneth R. Proulx and Frederick J. Schneider, is available by contacting:
The Croghan Fire Department, P.O. Box 405, Croghan, NY 13327, attention Steve Monnat.
A donation of $10.00 plus $5.00 S & H mail anywhere in the US. Donations support the activities of the department.

 - A History of the Town of New Bremen 1848-1998 by Frederick J. Schneider, Town Historian, is available to researchers. It is available by contacting Elizabeth B. Jones, New Bremen Town Clerk at 8420 State Rt. 812, Lowville, NY 13367 or by calling 315 376-2641. The cost is $10.00 per copy plus $3.50 for shipping and handling.


Elmina: Possibly a True Story
Judith G. Bridell

This creative nonfiction work imagines the life of Elmina Tuttle, a real nineteenth-century woman of Lewis and Jefferson Counties, northeastern New York State. Descended from New England colonists, raised as a Quaker, and widowed by three Union Army soldiers, she witnessed the departure of many members of her large family for land in Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Elmina was born in a log cabin in the forest but lived to attend her granddaughter?s high school graduation. Hers is a classic story of an American woman?s dreams, setbacks and perseverance.

The text is enlivened by excerpts from contemporary letters discussing Elmina and her second husband, Henry Parker. A detailed chronology, chapters that trace Elmina?s Tuttle and Phelps ancestries, an all-names index and an extensive bibliography round out the work. Other surnames include Alexander, Dodge, Galloway, Lennon, Loveland, McQueen, Melotte, Moll, Palmer, Smith, Thomas, Witherby and many more.

Elmina Tuttle is the author?s great-great-grandmother ascending the maternal line. Extensive genealogical research dating back to 1995 forms the basis of the book. The author?s article, ?Finding American Relatives,? appeared in The Greenwood Tree, the prize-winning journal of the Somerset and Dorset (England) Family History Society (Vol. 27, No. 3, August 2002).

Available for $20.50 plus s/h from Heritage Books, Inc., publisher of American history and genealogy.

To order, write to: Heritage Books, Inc.
65 E. Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157

Phone 1-800-876-6103.

Online: Click on ?Quick Search the Heritage Books Webstore? and enter the search term ?Elmina.?

To The Outskirts of Habitable Creation: Americans and Canadians Transported to Tasmania in the 1840s, I think it would be a book of interest to Lewis County residents, especially those with an interest in genealogy. Stephen S. Wright, a nineteenth-century resident of Lewis County, was one of the 92 men I wrote about in the above mentioned book. Please see for more information.

The History and Genealogy of an Amish-Mennonite Family from New York by Roland John Lyndaker
317 pages
Index of Individuals, Bibliography of Sources, Appendix of Archival Records, Ancestral Photos, Maps of Ancestral Origins. Names include Lyndaker, Baeckler, Beller, Burki, Erb, Fahrni, Gerber, Grodi, Gingerich, Hersh, Hirschey, Jantzi/Yancey, Yousey, Kennel, Kunkle, Liechti, Maurer, Mosimann, Nafziger, Esch, Roggie, Shaulis, Springer, Virkler, Zehr.
Book focuses on families from the Canton Bern, Switzerland who eventually settle in Croghan, New York.
This is available through
Mastof Press (large publisher of Amish, Mennonite histories)
219 Mill Road
Morgantown, P.A. 19543-9516

The Sheans The Stowells and Harrisville N.Y.
The early 1900's by M. Francis Shean
Published June 1, 2002
Pages: 222
This book is 200 pages of history of the Village of Harrisville, New York that includes history of the Shean and Stowell families of this area. Book includes 122 old time pictures.
It can be obtained by sending $19.80 to Last Chance Publishing, 26464 Perch Lake Road, Watertown, NY 13601 and include your shipping address.

Last Updated on 03/21/2005
Transcribed and contributed by Charmaine Campany

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