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Otisco, Onondaga County, New York One Place Study

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The goal of this project is to research the families and history of the town of Otisco (originally Otisco Center), Onondaga County, New York.

Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Sher Sheggrud.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • gathering the names of the founding families of Otisco. Some known surnames are Edinger, Gambell, Rice, and Munson.
  • Adding pictures of people and homes in and around Otisco and Tully Valley.
  • Filling in the gaps.

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!


(moved from the category page) Davis-29906 14:53, 18 July 2020 (UTC)

Original name: Otisco Center

The town was part of the former Central New York Military Tract. The town was first settled by outsiders around 1798, but permanent settlement began around 1801. The Town of Otisco was formed in 1806 from parts of other towns: Pompey, Marcellus, and Tully.

The name "Otisco" may have been derived from the Iroquois name for Nine Mile Creek, Us-te-ke, meaning "bitter-nut-hickory". At least one older map, published in 1825, has the name spelled as "Ostisco". The name may also have been derived from the word ostickney, meaning "waters much dried away", or from the Onondaga word ostick, meaning "the water is low".





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