Welcome to the Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson History Pages
 (Madison County, New York)

Created by Dan Weiskotten
R. I. P.

Daniel Herman Weiskotten of Richmond, 45, died unexpectedly on May 6, 2005. Dan was the Acting Director of the Chesterfield Historical Society. He was the son of Herman Gates Weiskotten, Jr and Kathryn Morrow Weiskotten. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Ley Weiskotten. Dan was born in Syracuse, NY and lived and worked in Upstate New York for most of his life.

Weiskotten received his Bachelors degree in Anthropology and his Masters degree in Archaeology and Public History from State University of New York at Albany and worked as an Archaeologist in New York State prior to moving to Richmond, VA. Dan also worked in Cazenovia at Lorenzo State Historic Site and served as the Town's Historian. Even after he moved to Virginia, he continued to share his knowledge of the history of Cazenovia and its past citizens through this website. He was a member of the New York State Archaeological Association, Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, a member of the Mount Independence Coalition, and a corresponding member of the New York Archaeological Council.

His job in Chesterfield County allowed him to pursue his lifelong interests in history, archaeology and education. Dan also volunteered his time and talents to the Virginia Association of Museums and the City of Henricus. Dan was happiest exploring old cemeteries and rural byways with his dogs and in the dirt, whether teaching children about archaeology or gardening. He was a skilled woodworker and was always in the middle of several projects in his historic Northside Richmond home.

In addition to his wife, Dan is survived by an aunt, three brothers, a sister and several nieces and nephews. A private committal service was held in Cazenovia, NY and a Memorial reception was held at Magnolia Grange later in the month. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Chesterfield Historical Society.

Reminiscences of Cazenovia, by "W.S." Cazenovia Republican, December 12, 1856:
To my knowledge the history of Madison County has never been written; the few that are left of its first "settlers" are going down rapidly, one after another, to the grave; very soon, the last pioneer will have gathered up his feet to die; then most of the events of interest connected with the early "settlement" of the county will soon be forgotten.  The little that will remain for the future historian to record, will be unreliable traditions, confused with romantic tales and myths of the imagination.

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Last Modified by Dan on January 1, 2005

LAST UPDATED by caretaker: Tuesday, 12-Mar-2024 22:11:59 PDT

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I am not a genealogist, but am a professional historian and archaeologist who uses the same resources as genealogists (click here to see what I do).  In order to conduct my research on Cazenovia and the neighboring towns of Fenner and Nelson I have compiled a great deal of material that is of value to genealogists and other researchers.  I have many things on my personal web page, and much of this will be transferred to this address and many new things will be added!  Keep a look out for new material and please feel free to make any suggestions for new stuff!

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Presently available on this RootsWeb space is:

  • A Question and Answer Page about many aspects of the History of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson and Vicinity,
  • Newspaper Notes, Histories and Inventories, 1808, 1809 and 1810 THE PILOT, 1854, and 1855 Cazenovia Republican,
  • Descriptions from Gazetteers, 1810 to 1927, for Madison County, and the Towns of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson,
  • Local History texts, so far Forman's 1837 Annals of Cazenovia, Evans' 1852 General History of Madison County, Hammond's 1872 section on Cazenovia, Ellsworth & Richmond's 1901 New Woodstock Past and Present, a chapter from Paul D. Evans' 1924 Holland Land Company, and Atwell 1928, and many of Jabez Abell Jr's historical articles.  Others are in the works
  • Local History Shorts and Vignettes, including some questions and answers, and studies of a variety of local history subjects including Abolitionism in Cazenovia, various hotel and tavern histories, Bartlett French, Cazenovia Coverlet Weaver, Jabish Hurd's Store, the Paper Mill, Crawford's Mowers, how to grow Hops, and a History of Willow Bank Yacht Club.
  • Transcripts of Cemeteries of the Towns of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson (so far ALL OF FENNER, ALL OF NELSON and several Cazenovia),
  • Census Records so far Cazenovia 1800 (which includes what is now the entire northern half of Madison County and the present towns of Cazenovia, Fenner, Nelson, Smithfield, Sullivan, Lincoln, Lenox, Oneida City, part of Stockbridge and a small part of DeRuyter!), 1800 DeRuyter (includes DeRuyter, Georgetown, Otselic, Lincklaen, German and Pitcher!), 1820 Nelson, and the 1855 for Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson census (heads of households only), Death Schedules for 1850 to 1880, including Civil War Deaths
  • Vital Statistics , starting with Early Obituaries, 1847-1848 Cazenovia Births, Marriages, and Deaths, Census Death Schedules 1850 to 1880, Civil War Deaths, and an index to the Death Certificates from the Town of Cazenovia for 1884 to 1916, Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cazenovia and vicinity
  • Church Records and Histories, Presbyterian Admissions
  • Directory Listings, 1827, 1859, 1868/1869, 1872, 1875, 1880, 1904, 1917
  • Historic Maps WITH INDEXES, of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson in Madison Co. (1853, 1859, 1875), and Lincklaen, Pitcher and German in Chenango Co. (1855, 1863, 1875)  (have several to add) also links to regional historic mapsand highly detailed topographic maps of the area)
  • Holland Land Company Records 1793-1816 Land Record Books, Name and Lot Indexes, Maps and Plats, Company History, etc.
  • Family Links for ancestors in Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson,
  • Tax Lists for the Village of Cazenovia from 1811-1833, Town of Cazenovia Assessment for 1805 and 1812
  • Biographies (LOTS OF BIOS FROM THE 1880 HISTORY OF CHENANGO & MADISON COUNTIES!!!!) also Edward P. Allis, Edward G. Beckwith, George S. Boardman, Theophilus Cazenove, Robert Newton Eddy, Edward Ehle, Alvin Foord, William M. Gibson MD, Edwin S. Hamblin, Jabish N.M. Hurd, Robert Green Ingersoll, J.D. Ledyard, John Lincklaen, Joshua Leonard, Charles Munger, Nathan Paddock, Calvin Pollard and family, Fordyce Rice, Luther Severance, Henry Seeley White, ME, and many many others!)
  • Reminiscences of early residents and old folks remembering their childhood days, 1810s, 1830s, 1840s, 1850s, 1870s, 1880s, 1900s, 1930s, and 1970s
  • Contemporary Accounts of the region by travelers such as Rev. Timothy Mather Cooley, Timothy Dwight, Dr. Coventry, Amelia M. Murray, and others
  • Military Records for area residents, 165 DAR Applications, Revolution Pension Lists, War of 1812 Muster Rolls, Cazenovia Artillery Roll, Civil War Records, World War I and II Soldiers, names on the Vietnam War Memorial, Local Veterans in National Cemeteries, and a wonderful 1943 recording of Dr. Morrow in England!
  • Miscellaneous List and Notes of names such as a 1796-1844 list of Creature Marks, an 1847 Petition to Preserve Cazenovia Lake, Notes on Candle Makers of Cazenovia, Newspaper Photo List 1895-1914, Notes on 19th Century Photographers of Cazenovia, Notes on African American Families of CFN, Notes on Railroads, Notes on Street Names, Notes on Stores, Notes on Clock Makers of Cazenovia, names in the 1913-1920 Donnelly Store Ledger, advertisers in various publications and collections, Former Village Businesses 1920-1990.
  • Images of Cazenovia, Fenner, and Nelson, 1893 Centennial medallion, 1860 Stage Route Poster
  • Miscellaneous Documents so far an extensive Transcript of the Town Road Book, 1804 to 1832, an 1867 Lecture by Dr. Alvin Foord, and Cornell report on the 1870-1945 Ag Statistics for Madison County

Please visit the several excellent genealogy and history web pages for Madison County:

Tim Stowell (USGenWeb), Sue Greenhagen, John Bartlett, Charles Page
"Our Olde Towne" and "The Erieville History Project"

(if you know of others I can add, please contact me!)

Also, web pages for Central New York and the counties of Chenango, Cortland, Onondaga, Oneida, and Otsego
Or, you can drop a question on the GenForum pages for Madison, Chenango, Cortland, Onondaga, Oneida, and Otsego Counties!
 You are also invited to join the Internet Mailing Lists for Madison, Chenango, Cortland, Onondaga, Oneida, and Otsego counties!

Also (but extending beyond Madison County) Dan W.'s Upstate New York Tombstone Research Page (Cortland County Carvers, Geographical Index of Upstate NY Carvers)

Items available on my personal web page (and soon to be transferred to this address) are:

a big chunk of the introductory text for my Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson Cemetery Project,
my research on Dry Docks of the Erie Canal 1817-1917,
Resources for Doing Research in Cazenovia: how to research an old house, historical texts, and places to find research materials,
Historic Illustrations and Historic Maps of the Cazenovia and Central New York area,
My Favorite Written works: history, compiled data, prehistoric and Iroquoian studies, and up-dates of in-progress researches, and,
A Selection of my favorite History and Archaeology Links (New York, Virginia / Tidewater, and Maryland links).


On a more personal note, stop in and peruse:
A Brief Biography of myself (with some pertinent references and a link to my favorite quotes!),
Visit my Resume or my Curriculum Vita, (where you can see some of the stuff I do),
Take a look at what I've been doing in the garden,
Stop in and say hello to Maggie, our rambunctious little weasel-dog!

 This page last modified on January 1, 2005
by Daniel H. Weiskotten
by caretaker 4 Feb 2015.

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