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 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:


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


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!! 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 Alleg. Co., NY - NAMES INDEX French Transcribed by Ron Taylor CLICK HERE FOR INDEX ON THIS WEBSITE


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


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 Click Here for more.... Thomas Rasmussen 8/9/2016 University Press of America, Inc. or, CONTACT THE AUTHOR


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 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 )


"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


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