Revolutionary War Veterans buried at
Pierrepont Manor Cemetery -
Joseph Allen (11/14/1756 - 9/23/18380
Lemuel Tabor (dates unknown)
Caleb Tifft (5/10/1760 - 5/2/1843)
Thomas Worden (6/26/1759 - 11/5/1854)
Wardwell Settlement Cemetery -
David I. Andrus (1766 - 8/21/1831)
John DeCastorer (1748 - 1835)
Samuel Eaton (8/28/1755 - 7/19/1838)
David Holley (1/17/1751 - 5/14/1835)
Businesses in Pierrepont Manor in 1866-67
(from the Jefferson County Business Directory for 1866-67)
Ax-Helve Manufacturer - A. Gurley
Blacksmith - Elihu Allen, Lorenzo D. James
Boot & Shoe Shops - Thomas Neville, David Sturtevant, William Brownlow
Butcher - Preston L. Williams
Butter & Produce - O.D. Allen, Caleb Bailey, O.S. Potter, J. Bateman, Numan T. Holley, Arnold G. Earl,
Cooper - Henry Bailey
Clergyman - Rev. W.H. Lord, Epis'l
Constable - George N. Potter
Dressmakers - Elizabeth Williams, Electa Williams, Ellen W. Pease
Express Agent - Henry A. Hatch
Furniture Dealer - Henry D. Winne
General Merchant - Charles F. Calkins
Groceries - Harvey Allen
Harnessmaker - Orestes Woodard
Hotel - Pierrepont Manor Hotel, W.J. Hancock
Justice of the Peace - John Allen
Livery - W.J. Hancock
Livestock Dealer - N.T. Holley, John F. Robinson, J.B. Allen, A.G. Earl, O.D. Allen, C. Bailey
Millinery - Elizabeth Williams
Physicians - D.D. Joslin, R. Dixie
Postmaster - Harvey Allen
Railroad - William C. Pierrepont, President, R.W. & O Railroad
Agent - Henry A. Hatch
Sawmill - David Fuller
Telegraph Operator - Henry A. Hatch
The Initial run of the Rome and Watertown Railroad
May 29, 1851
On May 29, 1851 the Rome and Watertown Railroad was officially opened with
the initial run from Rome to Pierrepont Manor, a distance of 53 miles. The road was commenced in 1849, the Hon. Orville Hungerford
of Watertown, President. Upon his decease the Hon. William C. Pierrepont was elected president. The Railroad Superintendent
was Robert B. Doxtater of Adams. Under their guidance the road had steadily and vigorously continued to advance to completion.
From Rome to the extreme terminus of the road, Cape Vincent, is 96 miles,
running through a thickly settled country, which was quite productive, and embracing a population of some 120,000. From
Rome to Pierrepont Manor, the present terminus, is 53 miles. The road ran 26 1/2 miles through Oneida County, 22 through the
eastern part of Oswego County, and about 5 or 6 into Jefferson County. The continuation carried it about 43 miles, and formed
a connnecting link between the great commercial emproium of New York State, and the dominions of the Queen, thus bringing
the 700,000 inhabitants of Canada West, into the desirable business and social connection with the states.
The intention of the directors was that about the time the road was
completed to Watertown, which was near the end of August, the further portion to Cape Vincent would also be finished. To promote
the completion at the Cape Vincent end, 3000 tons of iron were delivered at Quebec, Chaumont Bay and Sacket's Harbor at $40.
The present Board of Directors are:
William C. Pierrepont of Pierrepont Manor, President
Clark Rice, Norris Woodruff, S. Buckley, O.V. Brainard, Daniel Lee, Watertown
William Lord, Brownville
Robert B. Doxtater, Calvert Comstock, Rome
John C. Cooper, Adams
Horace Dunbar, Camden
S. Bartlett, Cape Vincent
B.R. Wood, Albany
Calvert Comstock, Esq., of Rome, in behalf of the Board of Directors
and by request, made the following statements and remarks in relation to the condition and prosperity of the road: In behalf
of the Company, in relation to whose operations you desire to hear. I thank you and our friends assembled for the complimentary
appreciation you manifest, of the importance of the enterprise. After a long struggle in endeavoring to construct a highway
through a section of the country not well known, after arduous labors in projecting, defending and carrying forward an enterprise
so extensive, it is gratifying, as the termination approaches, to be cheered by the approbation of so intelligent a representation
as I see before me. I do not speak of myself, a later laborer in the field. There are those, and there are those present,
who, through many years, with an intelligence, an enterprise, and a zeal in advance of their contemporaries, pushed forward
this work, and today, as we are triumphantly entering on the realization of our ardent expectations and hopes, as the predictions
of past years are about to be verified, shall we not express a wish that it had suited the designs of Divine Providence to
spare a little longer the leader in this noble enterprise? How would he have rejoiced as he mingled with you in these grounds?
How would he have congratulated his fellow citizens on the fruits of his labors? But like Moses, he was not permitted to reap
the reward, almost within his grasp. Like Clinton, as the father of a great and valuable public improvement, he has erected
a monument to the name and fame of Orville Hungerford that will last long after he has passed away.
You, with us, miss on this occasion the face of another tried friend of enterprise,
one generous in impulse, steadfast in purpose and abiding in friendship, and unite with us in deploring the loss of Col. Kirby.
His friends here will mingle their tears for his death with those of his friends in the State, and I may add, in the Nation
Mr. Chairman, I may say with certainty of being believed, that this road will
occupy an important position among the enterprises of the present day.
It forms a connection between the Erie Canal and the line of the Central
Railroad, thro' Oneida, the eastern part of Oswego, and the heart of Jefferson Counties, and the waters of the St. Lawrence
and the lakes. It opens to a direct and valuable market the secluded lumber regions of Oneida and Jefferson. It forms the
great and only thoroughfare for the travel and freight of Jefferson County, with its magnificent water power, its population
of 80,000, and its numerous and flourishing villages. At all times, and especially in the winter, when the St. Lawrence is
closed with its locks of ice, it will form an important link between Canada and the Commercial Emporium.
As you are aware, the road is now completed to this point, 53 miles
- it two months more we shall reach Watertown, and in the course of the ensuing autumn our locomotives will reach the banks
of the St. Lawrence and exchange salutations with the steamers on that noble river. May you and I be there to witness that
wished for consummation.
I am authorized to say on the part of the Directors, that the entire
cost of the road, 97 miles, with full equipments, will not exceed one and a half million - if anything, it will fall somewhat
short of this amount.
There are one or two other considerations to which I will allude here.
From this station, it is proposed by the enterprising citizens of Sackets Harbor, to construct a branch road connecting us
with that importnat port, a distance of 17 miles, thus connecting Lake Ontario by the shortest route, and at the point of
its best harbor with the eastern cities. Measures are also being taken to construct another from Richland or Williamstown
to Oswego, forming there, too, a shorter railroad connection with the lake than now exists. Thus the northern termini of the
road will rest like a tripod on the St. Lawrence and the Lakes.
I can say with sincerity, that the business and receipts of the road,
as yet only in partial operation, terminating in the woods, exceed the anticipation of its warmest and most sanguine friends.
Who that is familiar with the enterprise, wealth, rapid increase and other elements which support the commerce of Canada and
the St. Lawrence, but can see that the time is not far distant when this road shall be first in importance and first in profit.