The Town of Angelica once extended from the Pennsylvania border almost to Nunda, NY. This area includes 50-60 cemeteries including present-day Angelica's Until the Day Dawn Cemetery.
Together, Church and Van Campen built the early settlement of Angelica, New York. VanCampen's home, built in 1809, is just beyond the village. The VanCampen homestead was listed on the N. Y. State Register of Historic Places in March of 2004 and then in April the home (presently owned by Bill and Denise Hart) was listed on the National Register. The VanCampen house is the third Angelica property listed in the the National Register of Historic places, joining the Belvidere mansion and the old Allegany County Courthouse. On April 7, 1806, Angelica was formed as a township. The community included sawmills, roads and inns and was named county seat. By 1820, a newspaper, jail, several mills, and two stores were added. Water from the Angelica's Black Creek provided power. Later industries included a barrel factory, a paper box factory, and a carriage works.
French Aristocrats: At approximately the same time, two families of French political exiles, the DuPonts and the d'Autremonts, arrived in Angelica. Members of both families showed an active interest in humanitarian and public affairs.
Rev. Calvin Fairbank and the Underground Railroad
Read about his part in the Underground Railroad by clicking HERE. Rev. Fairbank left this record of how he helped slaves to freedom: "[In 1847] I guided toward the north star, in violation of the ...codes of Virginia and Kentucky. I piloted them through the forests mostly by night... girls dressed as ladies; men and boys as gentlemen or servants; men in women's clothes and women in men's clothes...on foot or on horseback, in buggies, carriages, common wagons, in and under loads of hay, straw, old furniture, boxes and bags...swimming or wading chin deep, or in boats or skiffs; on rafts, and often on a pine log. And I never suffered one to be recaptured!"
Links to Historical Research
ALLEGANY COUNTY TOWNS/HISTORIANS
Towns of Allegany County: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyallega/town.html
1875 ANGELICA BUSINESS DIRECTORY
Allegany County Cemeteries: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyallega/cemetery.html
Allegany County Cemetery Index: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyallega/cemeteryindex.html
Early Allegany County Marriages (1831-57) http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyallega/earlymarr-thibou.html
POORHOUSE (located in Angelica)
Allegany County Poorhouse (1823): http://www.poorhousestory.com/ALLEGANY.htm
Allegany County Poorhouse (1870): http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyallega/ph1870.html
Allegany County Poorhouse (1875): http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyallega/ph1875.html
Fire at the Almshouse (1923): http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyallega/poorhouse.html
Angelica Collectanea: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyallega/angcoll.html
Beers History Index: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyallega/beersa.html
Deaths Register Compilation: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyallega/deaths.html
ANGELICA'S NAMESAKE: Angelica Schuyler Church
Significant Letters to Angelica Schuyler Church
From George Washington Page 1
From Alexander Hamilton (her brother-in-law) In a detailed and extensive letter to Angelica Church, Hamilton covers many subjects including politics and family. Also included is a note from Angelica's sister, Elizabeth Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton's wife. Page 1 2 from Elizabeth Page 1
From Thomas Jefferson He welcomes her home to her native country and comments that the agitations of Europe have reached even the United States. Inquires of Madam de Corny, [Maria] Cosway, and Catharine [Church] Page 1 2
Roque, an ancient form of Croquet, is still played in the Park Circle's Roque Court on warm, summer evenings. Each player has their own hand-crafted equipment. This picture is from the early 1900s.