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Bill Carr <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 18 Nov 1999 19:11:13 -0500
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According to Crisfield Johnson's 1878 "History of Washington County, New
York," Westfield was the original name of the town of Fort Ann. From p.
303, "This town was formed as Westfield from a portion of the territory of
Washington county, March 23, 1786. It had not previously been under any
town government. Its name was from Westfield, Mass, from which place some
of the early settlers came. . . . In the year 1808 the name was changed to
Fort Ann, to prevent a confusion of names in the State and in memory of the
old fort at the village." NOTE: the village of Fort Ann, according to
Johnson, was incorporated by an act of the Legislature, passed March 7,

Bill Carr
Ballston Lake
Saratoga County

From: Tim Cook <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Westfield, NY-1790
Date: Thursday, November 18, 1999 12:49 PM


    Can anyone tell me where Westfield, Washington County, NY was located
in 1790?  [not to be confused with Westfield, Chautaqua County in western
New York].  I have been unable to locate it on any historical map at my
disposal.  The 1790 Fed Census for New York lists several Joseph Cook's;
one of them having resided in above said township; but other sources place
many of my ancestor Joseph Cook's activities in Granville, NY.  Just to
further confuse things, there were other Joseph Cook's in the 1790 Fed
Census residing not too distant; and locating Westfield is one step in
clearing up who is who.
    I apologize if this is off topic; but any help is greatly appreciated.

    -Tim Cook