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Town of Whitestown, New York

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Date: Mar 1788 [unknown]
Location: Oneida County, New Yorkmap
Surname/tag: Oneida_County
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The current Town of Whitestown is 27.2 square miles or a little more than 17,000 acres. However, when it was created in 1788, it extended north to Canada, south to Pennsylvania and west to Lake Erie and was approximately 12 million acres. It is known as the Mother of Towns because of the more than 400 townships which were split off of it.

Whitestown is named after its founder, Hugh White, a Revolutionary War veteran. White with three other veterans, Zephaniah Platt, Melancthon Smith and Ezra L'Hommedieu, purchased 3000 acres in the Mohawk Valley. In the spring of 1784, Hugh White journeyed from his home in Connecticut with five of his children and a daughter-in-law. They cleared land, built a cabin and planted corn. In the fall they returned to Connecticut. The following spring he returned with all of his family.

Hugh White was an excellent salesman. He wrote letters to friends in Connecticut extolling the virtues of his new home. And, each year he sent back some of his largest ears of corn and potatoes. In 1787, he bought out Melancthon Smith's share.

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Bashant, Nancy and Virginia B. Kelly, eds. "Jonas Platt". The History of Oneida County: commemorating the bicentennial of our national independence. Utica, NY: Oneida County, 1977.

"Whitestown, New York". Wikipedia, accessed 30 Sept 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitestown,_New_York





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