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 1/1/2026 Alfred Sun

Allegany Beckons Allegany County Office of 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 1978 Sun Publishing Company; Alfred, NY

Alma Story, The - 1795-1850 Hazel M. Shear 1959 (Originally published by the author.) Republished-by Benson Smythe Publishing OUT OF PRINT

Alma Story, The - PART II - 1850-1900 Hazel M. Shear 1960 Republished-by Benson Smythe Publishing -- OUT OF PRINT

Almond Story, The Reynolds reprinted 2006 Almond Historical Society, 7 South Main St., Almond, N.Y. 14804; (607) 276-6781 email AHS

An Indian Parliament House and Its Last Council-Fire John Stearns Minard unknown

“—And A White Vest for Sam’l”, Helene Phelan – 1976 Alfred Sun. (Out-of-Print);  2nd Ed., 2012 Republished by Bakers Bridge Historical Association;

Available:  (Click Image)White Vest

About the Book

This soft cover (ALSO AVAILABLE HARD COVER), full-color second edition of Helene Phelan's presentation of the 1857-61 diaries of Maria Langworthy Whitford of Alfred Station, New York is augmented with notes and images, mostly on textile topics, by Susan W. Greene. All profits go to the Baker's Bridge Historical Society.

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 Committee 6/1/1974 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 L.L.Stillwell Now available. 1955; Reprinted 2006-Sun Publishing; Alfred,NY

Belfast Sesqui Centennial

Bolivar, NY: Pioneer Oil Town John P. Herrick Original Copyright 1952 Reprints available from Pioneer Oil Museum of New York-Bolivar, NY Printed by Ward Ritchie Press in Los Angeles

Bolivar, Town of -Sesquecentennial Book - 1825-1975 Committee $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

BOLIVAR, USA Alvaro Munoz Special Edition; February 2016. Price: $9.99 + $3.25 Shipping/Handling. Order Email Address: Webpage: or call to order from the author: 219-669-8744 

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 Committee

Centerville NY Diamond Centennial Committee

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 1822-1910

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. Order From: Outskirts Press; WEBSITE: First New York Dragoons

Civil War Veterans in and Around Allegany County, New York Calvin Matteson 2000 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 1951 Dorrance & Company

Country Towns of New York Bill Kauffman 1994 Country Roads Press - Castine, Maine

Cuba Sesquicentennial Committee

Directory of Allegany County, NY with Map George Hanford 1905 Advertiser Associ. Press - Elmira

Dumbest Kid in the 3rd Grade, The Robert V. Broughton Autobigography Published by Benson Smythe Publishing Check:

Empire Oil Herrick, John P. Original Copyright - 1949 Dodd, Mead & Company Reprints available from Pioneer Oil Museum of New York - Bolviar, NY

Executions in Allegany County, NY Compiled by Robert Dorsey $11.00 prepaid ISBN 1-888911-24-7 --Publised by Benson Smythe Send order: Bob Dorsey - 3466 Center Dr. - Wellsville NY 14895 - Email: Bob Dorsey

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

HOW THE WAY WAS PREPARED by Rev. Calvin Fairbank

Fairbank book on sale locally and by mail

The Angelica Booster Citizens, under the imprint Heritage Days Press, have reprinted Calvin Fairbank’s 1890 memoir, How the Way Was Prepared. The 153-page paperbound book, with cover illustration by Pat Kaake and edited by Tracy Cassidy (Booster News editor), offers a faithful reproduction of the original work, telling the remarkable life story of the famous abolitionist and slave-stealer. 

An addendum, edited by David Haggstrom (former BN editor) features a number of items about Rev. Fairbank and his connection to Angelica. These include, from the 2011 Heritage Days Civil War tour of Until the Day Dawn Cemetery, Pat Kaake’s scripts for the portrayal of Calvin Fairbank and also of former slave Thomas Woodland, along with photographs of Rev. Timothy Middleton as Fairbank and Anthony Fuoco as Middleton.

The Fairbank book was very well received in its Heritage Days debut. It sells for $14.95 and is available in Angelica at The Little Building, The Canteen, and Delectable Collectables. 

To order by mail, please send $14.95 plus $2.75 shipping ($17.70 total) to: Angelica Booster Citizens, P.O Box 173, Angelica, NY 14709. To inquire about multiple copies, email

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 Out-of-Print.  Contact Ron Taylor at Allegany County Historical Society.

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!! 2008 Empire Publishing, Inc. Availability Unknown; Copy available for viewing at Thelma Rogers Genealogical & Historical Society - Wellsville NY

Gazetteer and Business Directory of Allegany County, NY for 1875 Hamilton Childs 1875 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 2002 Thaaron Publications, 182 p. Aurora, CO

Genesee, Town of - Sesquicentennial Book 1830-1980 Committee $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 1992 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 1922 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 1983 Chestnut Hill Press; 5320 Groveland Road-Geneseo, NY 14454

God Has Been Good to Me Ward M. Hopkins 1968 privately published

Hard Times in the Country; Ramblings of a Hayseed Click Here for more.... Timothy L. Wahl 2009 Publisher: (January 29, 2009) 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 1940 Lewis Historical Publishing Co.

History At A Glance Town of Independence Historical Society 3 Volumes: 2008, 2011, 2014 Ordering Information & Details

History & Memories of West Almond Virginia Hargraves Burdick

History of Alfred New York - 1990

HISTORY OF ALLEGANY COUNTY,NY"; 1806-1879 F.W. Beers & Co., NY 1879 History Geo. MacNamara, Printer, 36 Vesey St., NY 1879; reprint, Morrison Co-Ovid,NY 1978.

History of Allegany County, A - Part I - to 1906 Edited by Oak Duke Wellsville Daily Reporter Available from Wellsville Daily Reporter

"History of Ceres and its near vicinity from its early settlement." (Submitted by Don Adams) 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. 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 1994 Ferguson Printing, Inc.- Salamanca, NY

History of the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth Regiment of New-York Volunteers Rev. William A. Rogers, Chaplain 1865 New York: John A Gray & Green Printers,

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; More about Charles Sheldon. (AMAZON.COM)

In Memory of Abijah Joslyn Wellman 1836-1889 Landmark Society Dedication of Wellman Homestead to People of Friendship, NY (Booklet) Committee

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 1942 Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc.

Linked Arms -- A Rural Community Resists Nuclear Waste Thomas V. Peterson 2002 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 unknown

Mother & Her 19 Children John Elmer Lawton 2000 Morris Publishing

NAME INDEX - Accompanies "History of Allegany County, NY - 1806-1879"; Click the alpha choice below to go directly to that list:


Nuggets of Truth Compiled by Frank O'Brien 1997 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 1987 World Printers; Wakeeney, Kansas

Our House Gertrude Burdick 1870-1961 A Family Story of a Home at Alfred,NY-BURDICK, CLARKE, TAYLOR, MERRILL, WINGATE, RASE. Privately Printed;

Ox Cart to Automobile; Social Change in Western New York Thomas Rasmussen -2009 - University Press of America, Inc.  Also available from: Better World Books

Peaks of Allegany Hubert D. Bliss - (Cuba Patriot, 1940) On this website, CLICK HERE

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 1998 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 bookstore. The 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 Committee 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 1893 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 1999 -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 1908-1958

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 2002 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 )

Tough As A Boiled Owl -- The Civil War Correspondence of John Morris Stickle  by Susan W. Greene; Soft cover, fully illustrated in color; 51 letters written by John Morris Stickle of the 130th Infantry, Co. F, the New York Volunteers.

To Save The Union - Volunteers in the Civil War from Centerville, Hume and Granger Townships Allegany County New York  Robert N. Colombo 2007 Published 2007 by Heritage Books, Inc., Publishing Division, 65 East Main Street, Westminister, Maryland 21157-5026. Email:

Town of West Almond 150th Pamphlet

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- Check with local NYS Libraries, perhaps Belfast Public Library

Wellsville Story, The Hazel Shear

White Vest for Sam'l", "--And A Helene Phelan 6/1/1976 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 Unknown

Who's Who in Allegany County? 1959-1960 unknown Copy owned by Cuba Historian, Dave Crowley unknown

Ye Olde Log School House Tymes John Minard 1905 Free Press Print, Cuba, NY