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Source: HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK -- Franklin B. Hough -- Watertown, New York --- Sterling & Riddell --- 1854

Belleville 1864 Map
see also: ELLISBURGH 1864 Map and 1829 Surveyors Map Ellisburgh Section

On the north bank of North Sandy Creek, three miles above Woodville, and by rail road, five from Pierrepont Manor, began as a farming settlement, by Metcalf Lee, Bradley Freeman, Joshua Freeman, Martin Barney, James, Benjamin, and Jedediah McCumber, and a few others about 1802-03. Elder Littlefield soon after purchased, and the place being favorably situated for mills, gradually grew to a village. Soon after the War (1812) at the suggestion of Calvin Clark, a merchant, a meeting was called to select a name or the place, and a committee was chosen, who selected the present, which is said to have been taken from Belleville in Canada. Before this it had been known as Hall's Mills, from Giles Hall, who in 1806, purchased of J. McCumber a hydraulic privilege here, and who has ever since resided in this place. The first merchant was Laban Brown; John Hawn was the first innkeeper. Read The Rest......

Businesses in Belleville in 1866-67 (from the Jefferson County Business Directory for 1866-67):

Academy - Union Academy
Blacksmith - Chapman & Hall (Julius Chapman & Abram Hall)
Boot & Shoe Shops - Edward Boomer, Charles L. Holmes, Henry Holmes, J.F. McIntosh
Brass Band - LaRue Hawes, leader
Butchers - Charles H. Freeman
Butter & Produce - James H. Searles
Carpenters - Stephen Cornish, Jesse Littlefield
Carriagemakers - Elisha T. Littlefield, Ephraim S. Lamb
Chairmaker - John H. Carpenter
Cloth Dressing - Thomas Waite
Clergymen - George W. Divol (Baptist), Byron Alden (Meth)
Constable - Horace H. Harris
Cooper - George Johnson, James Williams
Dentist - Edward J. Richards
Dressmakers - Jennette Boomer, Jennie Freeman
Druggist - Hiram G. Walrath
Furniture Dealers - Jonathan Carpenter, Harvey Stacy
General Merchants - Chapman & Reed (Daniel H. Cahpman & George P. Reed),
James E. Green, Nahum Houghton,
Edwards, Johnson & Kilby (Fred Edwards, Alba Johnson, & Alanson Kilby)
Gristmills - Malcolm G. Cook, Erastus Hall
Groceries - George Gleason, Henry W. Wilcox
Harnessmaker - Willard Salisbury
Hotel - Belleville Hotel (Alexander D. Williams)
Insurance Agents - Russell B. Richards, Charles F. Jennings
Jewelry & Watches - Bradley B. Barney
Justice of the Peace - Bradford K. Hawes
Lawyers - Mills A. Hackley, Edward B. Hawes
Livery Stables - Alexander D. Williams, William McCollum, George C. Bullard
Millinery - Mrs. Hiram Walrath, Mrs. Charles Freeman
Odd Fellows - Collins Lodge No. 421
Photographer - Frank Allen
Physicians - N. Wotkyns Buel, J.A. Rega
Postmaster - Nahum C. Houghton
Sawmills - Harvey C. Stacy
Stage Proprietor - George C. Bullard
Telegraph Operator - Edwin H. Hiller
Tinsmith - Charles D. Houghton
Tax Collector - Willard L. Cook

Over the years, we have seen a lot of changes in the buildings in Belleville and nearby areas...a lot of pride in how the little village looks is evident


Little house near Mathers Mills

BELOW Mathers Mills:

BELOW Mathers Mills:

BELOW Mathers Mills:


Demo of the house next to Hunneyman's on Academy St. They did this to expand their lawn size.

Hunneyman's House on Rt 75



Perry Paro bought this place in 2015....the old Hawes place




They sided it and repainted and remodelled




Belleville Library got resided


The 'Badger' machine shop got torn down and moved its place of business next to the Coffee Cup at the corner


The Sharps bought the old Town of Ellisburg building and remodelled it and made it a storage bulding for their equipment, etc

We took pics of it as it was remodelled



And then, one day they tore down the 'Pet store'


This place is at tge intersection of Tiller Road at Route 289 near the cemetery


The Tavern in Belleville



Demo of building across from Fire Department


Street Views

Belleville Cemetery is an early cemetery located in the village of Belleville on the south side of Sandy Creek.

Old Belleville Cemetery is located at the end of Mixer road next to the creek. There are two Revolutionary War veterans buried here:
Edward Barney (8/18/1749-8/9/1835)
Josiah Littlefield (1766-6/20/1833)


On Tiller Road



Street Views Along 'downtown' county Rt 75

The old Belleville-Henderson School - now used as a Bus Garage and the new school is next to our house down this same road

They removed the top floor and the back is all bays for the buses


A walk Down Academy Street



A nice porch was added here



A nice wrap-around porch was added here

The place next to us was built in 1800 and was owned by Tario's when we moved here...then sold to Mullins
and then in 2015, sold to Rich Wood. They are still remodelling



Looking great!!!




And then, this is our house when we bought it in 1990

Over the years, we have made a lot of changes...but it is still an old 1830 house that does what it wants to do


The following are from C Gary Beckstead's Collection. Some are duplicates of what we
already had:

Below is the West side of the main street just past the Fire Department heading south


this footbridge would have been down Rt 289 approximately behind where Sharp's Store is now


School house once on Tiller Road






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