St Lawrence County Historical Association

Antique & Artisan Show and Sale

Quilt blockComing April 25 at McKenney Middle School, Canton - Antique & Artisan Show and Sale

A block (right) from the Courthouse Steps quilt for the St Lawrence County Historical Association's 25th annual Antique & Artisan Show and Sale Quilt Raffle. The quilt consists of mostly Civil-War era reproduction fabrics and was pieced by SLCHA member Nancy Lafaver of Lisbon.

Looking for a good home for an antique or collectible that you are ready to part with? Consider making a donation to the St Lawrence County Historical Association's silent auction, which is just one part of the SLCHA's 25th annual Antique & Artisan Show and Sale on Saturday, April 25th from 10 am to 4 pm at Canton's McKenney Middle School, 99 State Street.


Song Featured

In the summer of 1876, just as the presidential campaign was getting under way, Cornelia McFalls of Gouverneur published a poem that was set to music by William F Sudds, also of Gouverneur, and soon became a popular campaign song. Hear the song at SLCHA's Quarterly page.

Coming Events

Civil War Veterans

John Austin has contributed a database of Civil War veterans from St Lawrence County. It consists of information on some 6,800 people who served in the Civil War. These are 5 of the people in the database; you can visit and search the data.

  • Clark, Elliot A. - Born: Jan. 3, 1835 in Vermont; Son of Leonard Clark and Calista _______
    Enlisted from Hermon in 106th NY Inf Co A as 1st Sgt on Aug 9, 1862;
    Mustered out June 22, 1865 at Washington, DC. He married Evelyn Green Oct. 8, 1858 in Edwards. His family lived in DeKalb in 1850. He died April 21, 1914 and is buried in Hermon Cemetery (AG, 1850, 1860, 1865, 1890, cemetery, newspaper)
  • Marshall, Henry - Born: 1832;
    Enlisted from Hermon as Pvt on 1861;
    Died of disease June 10, 1861 in NYC. 1865 census says he was in the 9th NY Art. but he does not appear in the AG report for that unit (1865)
  • Van Brocklin, Henry - Born: 1832 in Washington Co. NY;
    Enlisted from Russell in 9th NY Cav Co L as Pvt on Oct 16, 1861;
    Mustered out Oct. 18, 1864 at Harper's Ferry, WV. He died Oct. 23, 1921 in Russell and is buried in Russell Village Cemetery. He lived in Fowler in 1860 (AG, 1860, 1865, 1890, cemetery, data)
  • Johnson, Follett - Born: Apr. 20, 1843 in Brasher, NY; Son of Ethan Johnson and Sarah ________
    Enlisted from Brasher in 60th NY Inf Co I as Corp on Sep 24, 1861;
    Awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in action at New Hope, GA May 27, 1864 when he voluntarily exposed himself to the fire of a Rebel sharpshooter. He mustered out with company July 17, 1865 at Alexandria, VA. He married Hannah Waite in 1871 and lived in Massena in 1890. He died in Massena Mar. 9, 1909 and is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Massena (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, 1890, cemetery, newspaper)
  • DeCaire, Joseph - Born: May 8, 1842 in Canada; Son of Joseph DeCaire and Catherine Greene
    Enlisted from Lawrence in 60th NY Inf Co I as Pvt on Oct 5, 1861;
    Discharged Feb. 22, 1863 at Philadelphia, PA and died Nov. 21, 1889 in Moira, NY. He is buried inSt Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in North Lawrence. He lived in Oswegatchie in 1870. His surname may be DeCarr (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, 1870, cemetery, newspaper, data)

If a name appears in bold, the person died as a result of their service.

St Lawrence County War of 1812 History Trail

War of 1812 Historic SignThe War of 1812 happened right here in our own backyard in St Lawrence County, yet few people are aware of what happened and where. The War of 1812 Virtual Trail is meant to educate us about these important events that shaped our young nation.

Stroll through these sites online or - better yet - make a copy and enjoy a pleasant drive exploring where important events of the War of 1812 happened in St Lawrence County.

Visit the trail

Who are these Civil War officers?

We have located two stereo pairs of the officers of the New York 60th taken at Fauquier Sulphur Springs, Virginia during the Civil War. Some of the people in the picture have been identified. See enlargements of the faces and help us identify more people in the picture. See the picture and help us identify more people in it

Civil War Sesquicentennial

150 years ago this month:

  • Mar 1, 1865 - Fall of Charleston, South Carolina, February 17, 1865.
  • Mar 1, 1865 - Sherman's March northward continues without much opposition they had crossed into North Carolina.
  • Mar 1, 1865 - Both houses of the Louisiana Legislature have ratified an amendatory act abolishing slavery in the United States.
  • Mar 2, 1865 - February 18, 1865, General R E Lee announces that the South will employ blacks in CSA Army.
  • Mar 2, 1865 - Wilmington, North Carolina captured by Union General Terry; a new base for supply for Sherman's Army.
  • Mar 2, 1865 - Battle of Waynesboro (Virginia)
  • Mar 3, 1865 - 2nd (final) Session, 38th Congress, adjourns
  • Mar 4, 1865 - Lincoln reinaugurated
  • Mar 8, 1865 - Battle of Kinston (North Carolina) (to the 10th)
  • Mar 16, 1865 - 142nd New York Infantry has Lieutenant Colonel Albert M Barney mustered as Colonel of 142nd; Major William Jones of Malone to Lieutenant Colonel; N Martin Curtis promoted to Brigadier General of US Volunteers. [Previously Curtis was Brevetted as Brigadier General.] 142nd left for a garrison at Smithville, North Carolina, near Cape Fear
  • Mar 16, 1865 - Battle of Averysboro (North Carolina)
  • Mar 18, 1865 - Brigadier General Newton Martin Curtis arrived home in Ogdensburg, 11 March 1865 after recovering from a headshot wound (above left eye) at Fort Fisher Battle, 15 January 1865.
  • Mar 18, 1865 - Passports order revoked - Canada and US can handle without passports.
  • Mar 18, 1865 - 13th New York Cavalry - Prospect Hill, Virginia, Mosby's Guerillas ambush and surround Co F; 2 killed and 7 wounded, 7 missing and captured, including Albert Shipman. Wounded was Hollis Snell.
  • Mar 18, 1865 - 2nd (final) Session 2nd Confederate Congress, adjourns
  • Mar 19, 1865 - Battle of Bentonville (North Carolina) (to the 21st)
  • Mar 22, 1865 - Wilson's raid (to April 24) south into Alabama
  • Mar 23, 1865 - Several men listed in Franklin and St Lawrence Counties to be drafted.
  • Mar 25, 1865 - Battle of Fort Stedman (Virginia); siege of Mobile, Alabama (to April 12)
  • Mar 29, 1865 - 60th New York Infantry near Fayetteville, North Carolina; Sherman's March North not impeded by Johnston's Army (the Letter was sent 14 March 1865, that was before the Bentonville, North Carolina battle 20 March 1865) Capt Lester Willson commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel and is the commander of the 60th New York. [60th involved with battle at Averysborough, North Carolina (before Bentonville), only as backup for Bentonville on second day.]
  • Mar 29, 1865 - Fort Stedman attacked at Petersburg, Virginia - Rebels capture the Fort but fail to keep it, Union Army retakes the Fort. 14th New York Heavy Artillery in front line of that battle and lost many casualties, including 13 killed, 35 wounded, and 209 missing [supposed mostly captured].
  • Mar 29, 1865 - Captain Charles H Houghton, 14th New York Heavy Artillery, awarded Medal of Honor for bravery at Fort Stedman, 1865.
  • Mar 31, 1865 - Battle of Dinwiddie Court House (Virginia)

Events in bold are St Lawrence County events