Allegany County Bookshelf

Books About, For and By Alleganians

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A History --Commemorating the Centennial of the Incorporation of the Village of Canaseraga, NY 1892-1992

Compiled by Renee Coombs & Marjorie Dieter Mastin


The Amity Press - Belmont, NY - November 1992 --


Availability Unknown as of 2016.


A History of Cuba Cheese

Edwin & Velma Moses

Dated 1977

Cuba Cheese Company, 1980, 1982


A Moment in Railroad History; Theodore Roosevelt's Presidential Special to Chautauqua, NY in 1905

Richard Palmer

Mr. Palmer's articles and research appears often on the ACHS website.

Click here for page of information (PDF)  

Alfred, History of the Town of

C. R. Clawson


Alfred Sun


Allegany Beckons


Allegany County Officeof Economic Development; Belmont, NY


Allegany County and Its People: A Centennial Memorial HISTORY OF ALLEGANY COUNTY,NY

John S. Minard

County History

W.A.Fergusson & Co., Alfred,NY, 1896


Allegany County in The 20th Century: Stories of Change

Compiled by Craig R. Braack, County Historian






Allegany's Uncommon Folk

Helene C. Phelan


Sun Publishing Company; Alfred, NY


Alma Story, The - 1795-1850

Hazel M. Shear

1959 (Originally published by the author.)

Republished-by Benson Smythe Publishing



Alma Story, The - PART II - 1850-1900

Hazel M. Shear


Republished-by Benson Smythe Publishing --



Almond Story, The


reprinted 2006

Available online from the website of Almond Historical Society


An Indian Parliament House and Its Last Council-Fire

John Stearns Minard




And Why Not Every Man?

Helene C. Phelan- 1987

 "It's a book on the Underground Railroad through the southern tier area and there are several detailed stories of Allegany County residents who assisted fugitive slaves….Ted Seeley"

Heart of the Lakes Publishing; Interlaken, NY 14847


Andover SesquiCentennial



Andover News


Angelica at 200

Angelica Bicentennial Book Committee

2005. 90 pages + appendices (obits, alumni lists, etc.) Soft cover, spiral bound. $10 + $5 Shipping/Handling.

(Note-2016; Limited Quantities available from Angelica Booster Citizens, Inc., P.O.Box 173, Angelica, NY 14709 )


Angelica Collectanea


Now available.

1955; Reprinted 2006-Sun Publishing; Alfred,NY


Belfast Sesqui Centennial


Bolivar, NY: Pioneer Oil Town

John P. Herrick

Original Copyright 1952

Printed by Ward Ritchie Press in Los Angeles


Reprints available from Pioneer Oil Museum of New York-Bolivar,NY


Bolivar, Town of -Sesquecentennial Book - 1825-1975



$7.00; Shipping & Handling +$2.50; Mail checks to: “B.R.A.G. Historical Preservation Society” - address: c/o Bolivar Free Library -- 390 Main Street --Bolivar, New York 14715


Caneadea Council House and its Last Council Fire, The

Henry R. Howland

Reprinted 1932

Comfort Craftsmen; Perry, NY


Cars Made in Upstate NY

James Bellamy

An Allentown Graduate

Squire Hill Publishing Co. Red Creek, NY 13143.


Centennial History of the Town of Nunda




Centerville NY Diamond Centennial




Ceres, History of

Miss Maria King

1896; 150 pages; "Sketches of Pioneer Life"

Gillet & Weston; Olean, NY


Civic History and Illustrated Progress of Cuba, Allegany Co., N.Y.

John Stearns Minard



Civil War History and Roster of the First New York Dragoons

Compiled by Deanna Bedgood

Rare out of print 1865 Civil War Book Resurrected and up-dated to include historical documents and pictures.

Outskirts Press;


Order from:


First New York Dragoons


Civil War Veterans in and Around Allegany County, New York

Calvin Matteson


Morris Publishing; Kearney, NE 68847


Country Aires - A Visitor's Guide to Allegany County

William Heaney, Molly Euken, & James Hopkins


Amity Press - Belmont,NY


Country Salt

Howard F. Drake


Dorrance & Company


Country Towns of New York

Bill Kauffman


Country Roads Press - Castine, Maine


Cuba Sesquicentennial




Directory of Allegany County, NY with Map

George Hanford


Advertiser Associ. Press - Elmira


Dumbest Kid in the 3rd Grade, The

Robert V. Broughton


Published by Benson Smythe Publishing 



Empire Oil

Herrick, John P.


Reprints available from Pioneer Oil Museum of New York - Bolviar, NY

Original Copyright - 1949 Dodd, Mead & Company  



Executions in Allegany County, NY

Compiled by Robert Dorsey


ISBN 1-888911-24-7 --Publised by Benson Smythe



Fifty Year History of the Yorks Corners Mennonite Church

Christina Wightman


Published by Benson Smythe Publishing 

Availability Unknown


First Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Church membership records : Alfred, NY

Ilou M. Sanford

1995-Church records and registers -- New York -- Allegany County

Heritage Books


Registers of births, etc. -- New York -- Alfred


Frank, The Cows are Out

Frank O'Brien

Reminiscences of a Countryman as recorded by Frank O'Brien of Scio Township, Allegany County, NY

The Amity Press; Belmont, NY; 2nd print, 1994


From a Local Historian's Notebook

Collected by Hazel M. Shear

Formerly Allegany County Historian; 1969

DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County, Inc.; Ithaca, NY 14850


GABBY HAYES, King of the Cowboy Comics

Bobby Copeland & Richard B. Smith III

A book Gabby would be Proud Of!!

Empire Publishing, Inc. 2008





Gazetteer and Business Directory of Allegany County, NY for 1875

Hamilton Childs


Syracsue-Journal Office


Genealogies of African American Families in South Western New York State, 1830-1955.  (Addendum Page.htm#African-American Families....)

Thomas A. Entzminger


Thaaron Publications, 182 p. Aurora, CO


Genesee, Town of  - Sesquicentennial Book 1830-1980



$7.00; Shipping & Handling +$2.50; Mail checks to: “B.R.A.G. Historical Preservation Society” - address: c/o Bolivar Free Library -- 390 Main Street --Bolivar, New York 14715


Genesee Country Senecas

Irene A. Beale


Chestnut Hill Press; Geneseo, NY


Genesee Echoes; The Upper Gorge and Falls Area from the Days of the Pioneers

Mildred Lee Hills Anderson

1956; Castile,NY

F. A. Owen Publishing Co., Dansville, NY


Genesee Memories and The Flood of '72

Mildred Lee Hills Anderson

A Companion Story to Genesee Echoes

Burt's Printing Service, Inc.; Dalton, NY


Genesee Trail, The

Dr. F. M. Crocker


Perry, NY- Perry Herald Print


Genesee Valley Events 1668-1986

Irene A. Beale


Chestnut Hill Press; Geneseo, NY


Genesee Valley People -- 1743-1962

Irene A. Beale


Chestnut Hill Press; 5320 Groveland Road-Geneseo, NY 14454


God Has Been Good to Me

Ward M. Hopkins


privately published


Hard Times in the Country; Ramblings of a Hayseed

Timothy L. Wahl


Publisher: (January 29, 2009)


Click Here for more....

312 Pages-Softcover; also Hardcover;


ISBN-10: 0595492533


ISBN-13: 978-0595492534


Henry Hendryx Murder Case, The; A true happening in Cuba,NY

Louise Hendryx

1876 Murder Mystery -Trial Records and more.

Van Mark Printing-Wellsville,NY  1990


Historic Annals of Southwestern New York, The

Allegany County Section Editor, Lewis Henry Thornton


Lewis Historical Publishing Co.


History At A Glance

Town of Independence Historical Society

3 Volumes: 2008, 2011, 2014

Click Her for Ordering Information & Details


History & Memories of West Almond

Virginia Hargraves Burdick


History of Alfred New York - 1990



F.W. Beers & Co., NY

1879 History

Geo. MacNamara, Printer, 36 Vesey St., NY 1879; reprint, Morrison Co-Ovid,NY 1978.


History of Alleg. Co., NY - NAMES  INDEX


Transcribed by Ron Taylor



History of Allegany County, A - Part I - to 1906

Edited by Oak Duke

Wellsville Daily Reporter

Available from Wellsville Daily Reporter; website:


"History of Ceres and its near vicinity from its early settlement."

The early part written by M.W. Mann of Coudersport, and the latter part by Maria King, of Ceres.

Copyright 1982 Robert Hugg. First copyrighted by Maria King 1896.

Maria King, a descendent of Francis King, the (1798) pioneer settler of Ceres, was killed crossing the street in Ceres, NY by a train.


(Submitted by Don Adams)

Mary Williams King Mann, was a descendant of Francis King. She and John Mann, an attorney, ran a stop on the Underground Railroad out of their home n Coudersport, PA.


History of Friendship 


Friendship Sesquicentennial Corporation


History of Our Lady of The Angels Church 1850-1994

by David H. Crowley


Ferguson Printing, Inc.- Salamanca, NY


History of the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth

Rev. William A. Rogers, Chaplain


New York:  John A Gray & Green Printers,   


            Regiment of New-York Volunteers


History of the Town of Wellsville

Martha Howe


ISBN 1-888911-21-2 --Published by Benson Smythe Publishing -- OUT OF PRINT


If Our Earthly House Dissolve

edited by Helene C. Phelan

Story of Wetherby-Hagadorn Family of Almond, NY; Told from their Diaries and Papers; 1973

Sun Publishing Company; Alfred, NY


In His Steps

Charles M. Sheldon

1896; Wellsville NY Author; CLICK FOR MORE INFO (AMAZON.COM)


In Memory of Abijah Joslyn Wellman 1836-1889

Landmark Society

Dedication of Wellman Homestead to People of Friendship,NY (Booklet)



Indian Captive -- The Story of Mary Jemison

Lois Lenski

1941, 1969, 1995

Harper Collins Children's Books


James Baxter

Frederick Fay Swift


John the Great -- The Times and Life of a Remarkable American, John L. Sullivan

Donald Barr Chidsey


Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc.


Linked Arms -- A Rural Community Resists Nuclear Waste

Thomas V. Peterson


State University of NY Press


Man Who Owned the Pistols, The

Helene Phelan

1981; John Barker Church And His Family

Heart of the Lakes Publishing; Interlaken, NY 14847


Many fiction books

Grace Livingston Hill


Mary Jemison -- White Woman of the Seneca

Rayna M. Gangi; Epilogue by Peter Jemison




Mother & Her 19 Children

John Elmer Lawton


Morris Publishing


Nuggets of Truth

Compiled by Frank O'Brien


Community Services; Andover,NY


Our Chamberlain cousins: includes descendants of Elijah Chamberlain and Hannah Morrill and some other related Chamberlain families, who lived in Allegany County, New York

Elene Wagner


World Printers; Wakeeney, Kansas


Our House

Gertrude Burdick 1870-1961


Privately Printed; 


Ox Cart to Automobile; Social Change in Western New York

Thomas Rasmussen


University Press of America, Inc.


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Peaks of Allegany

Hubert D. Bliss


Pumpkin Hollow--A Tale of a Developing Nation

Frederic D. Morris; Born Ischua,NY 1915; Educated in one-room, one-teacher school; Cornell University Bachelor & Masters; Taught 33 years at Rushford Central School.

Fictional work of the Courageous people from turn of century-centered on patriotic individuals who remained true to their ideals despite onslaught of modernism and big industry--old timers, farmers, preachers, school teachers, working men.

Carlton Press, Inc--New York, NY; A Geneva Book; 1988.  Submitted by Florence Fuller, Houghton.


Red Jacket - Seneca Chief

Arthur Caswell Parker


University of Nebraska Press


Rise and Demise of the Genesee Valley Canal

David L. Kipp


River Ramble, A

Arch Merrill

Saga of the Genesee Valley "EVEN my best friends laughed when I said I was going to walk the entire length of the Genesee River on my vacation."

Originally published 1943, Gannett Company, copyright.  Printed by Louis Heindl  Son-Rochester,NY.  Reprints available at bookstores. The complete book is Online:


Rural Churches of Allegany County

William G Mather Jr.


Rushford and Rushford People

Helen J. White Gilbert


Rushford Centennial


Sesquicennial Town of Amity



The Amity Press; Belmont, NY; 1980


Shawmut Railroad; Shawmut Historical Society has 2006 Commemorative calendars


$7 postpaid.  Checks payable to: P.S.& N. RR Historical Society;  Mail order address: John M.Muchler – 88 South Main Street-Avoca, NY 14809-9771


Sketches of Border Adventures and The Life and Times of Major Moses VanCampen

by his grandson, J. Niles Hubbard, Edited by John S. Minard


Published by John S. Minard


Some Early Church History of Western NY

Hazel M. Shear; Allegany County Historian 1967


Published by the Author


Some Smiles & Some Serious Thoughts

Frank O'Brien


-Published by Benson Smythe Publishing --Christina Case Wightman-3052 Palmer Road-Wellsville, NY 14895; Phone: 585-593-6145


Southern Tier, The (2v.)  Rochester, NY

Arch Merrill

1953 - 12th in the Series of "Arch Merrill's New York"

Creek Books; Now out in paperback


Spirit of Rushford




The Waif of the Wreck and Joe Gains

C. M. Van Curen


Van Publishing Company, Bolivar, NY and printed by George W. King Printing Company, Baltimore, MD.  Copyright 1919 by C. M. Van Curen


Tales from Allegany County

Hazel M. Shear


Published by the Author


Tales of Belmont

Compiled by Frank O'Brien


Morris Publishing; Kearney, NE


The White

A Novel by Deborah Larsen


Vintage Books/Random House


Three Journeys to the Genesee: The Life of Moses Van Campen -- A Frontier Biography

Molly Beer

2009 - 75 pages. Soft cover. $15 + $5 Shipping/Handling.

(Note-2016; Limited Quantities available from Angelica Booster Citizens, Inc., P.O.Box 173, Angelica, NY 14709 )


"To Save The Union - Volunteers in the Civil War from Centerville, Hume and Granger Townships Allegany County New York"

Robert N. Colombo


Published 2007 by Heritage Books, Inc., Publishing Division, 65 East Main Street, Westminister, Maryland 21157-5026. E-Mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Town of West Almond 150th



Town Called Angelica, A

Committee of Booster Citizens

Photos by Donna Jane Hall - 1974

Availability Unknown


Tramping Out the Vintage

edited by Helene Phelan

1983; 1861-1864 Civil War Diaries & Letters of Eugene Kingman

Heart of the Lakes Publishing; Interlaken, NY 14847


Valley of the Ghosts

Shirley Cox Husted

1982;"Folklore and Legends from the Storied Genesee Valley Region of NYS

The Lift Bridge Book Shop


Weeds On The Towpath; An Autobiography of a V.I.B. (Very Important Building)

DeEtte M. Chamberlain

Belfast Canal Warehouse Story

Privately Printed 1981


Wellsville Story, The

Hazel Shear


White Vest for Sam'l", "--And A

Helene Phelan


Alfred Sun


Who Only Stand And Wait

Helene Phelan

1990; Civil War Letters of David and Ann Smith 1863-5

Heart of the Lakes Publishing; Interlaken, NY 14847


Who's Who in Allegany County? 1937-1938

Editor, Sidney A. Hixson-Cuba,NY




Who's Who in Allegany County? 1959-1960


Copy owned by Cuba Historian, Dave Crowley



 Ye Olde Log School House Tymes

John Minard


Free Press Print, Cuba, NY