1828 Jamestown Census
The City of Jamestown, NY
by Jack T. Ericson

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In January, 1828, Henry Baker (1797-1863) made a list of the householders in Jamestown, providing information on the number of males and females in each household. He counted 544 residents of Jamestown, but only listed those heads of households who occupied a building. This census does not include all the adult male residents of the village. For example, Silas Tiffany boarded with the family of Solomon Jones, although Tiffany owned a store and residence on the northeast corner of Main and Second Streets which was occupied by J. E. Budlong. Baker also gave the statistics on the number of manufactories.

After 1878, William Wallace Henderson made a handwritten copy of Baker’s census, which included annotations made primarily by Elial Todd Foote, and then by Henderson himself.   At the time Henderson made his transcription, Baker’s original listing was owned by Sidney Jones of Jamestown. Henderson made this copy for the Chautauqua County Society of History and Natural Sciences. In October 1895, he made another copy, and in 1902 still another copy was made by Lucia Henderson. These later two copies were made from Henderson’s first copy and contain errors in content and transcription. All three copies are located at the Chautauqua County Historical Society, Westfield, a gift of Clayburn B. Sampson.

The transcription presented here was made from Henderson’s first copy, and includes under householders’ names the annotations made by Foote and the Hendersons in all three copies. information supplied by this editor has been placed in brackets.  


Heads of Family      Males  Females  Total  Notations made by Foote
                                                      and the Hendersons
Jones & Hall           12      5       17   Comprises the Solomon Jones and
                                            William Hall Families. Solomon
                                            Jones Sr. died 1 Aug 1862 ae 86.
                                            William Hall died...fell down on
                                            the sidewalk near the bridge on
                                            returning home from my [W. W.
                                            Henderson] store in his building
                                            corner Main & West 3rd in apoplexy,
                                            and survived several weeks, but
                                            never recovered perfect use of
                                            mental faculties or locomotion.
Herbert Montague       12      4       16   died Ellicott
Abram Winsor           5       2       7    died Levant
J. Warner Winsor       2       1       3    Strawberry Pt., Iowa
Abraham Staples        1       1       2
Wm. Breed              4       2       6
John Breed             2       1       3
Jarah Rice             4       2       6
Wm. Knight             4       3       7
Wm. Sherman            1       1       2
Nathl. Barnes          3       6       9
Jessie Carrier         3       5       8
Loren Johnson          9       3       12   died Plattsmouth, Neb. about 1878
                                            in Apr. ae 80--a merchant tailor,
                                            uncle of W.W. Henderson
Judson Southland       7       3       10
Wm. Clark              7       3       10
Phineas Palmeter       3       5       8    died 15 Aug. 1861 ae 71 Abigail,
                                            his wife d. 22 Jan. 1852
Rich. Hiller           3       1       4
Barber Babcock         3       4       7    Miss Kinney or Kirby d. New Years 1833
Wm. Carpenter          4       5       9    d. 10 Aug. 1866
N.W. Harrington        7       3       10
J. Wait                4       2       6    d. 8 Jan. 1855 ae 67; Olive,
                                            wife d. 27 Feb. 1851 ae 64
Mrs. Farnum            0       3       3
S. A. Brown            5       2       7    d. 7 June 1862 ae 68; Prudence,
                                            w. d. 31 Aug. 1862 ae 63 [Samuel A.]
Royal Keyes            2       7       9    d. July 1852 ae 57
Eber Keyes             1       1       2    Elgin, Ill.
Hermas Willard         4       2       6
Adolphus Fletcher      3       5       8    d 4 April 1865 ae 69--founder of
                                            Jamestown Journal and father of
                                            A.B. Fletcher of Chaut. Democrat
Geo. W. Tew            2       3       5
Nicholas Supun         5       2       7
Henry Morgan           2       5       7
Pearl Johnson          3       1       4    d. 29 March 1851
Henry Johnson          1       1       2
R. K. Lyon             3       3       6    uncle D. W. Lewis--head broadcloth
                                            weaver, Hazeltine factory;
                                            went to N. Jersey
Daniel Hazeltine       12      5       17   d. 3 Aug. 1867 ae 72
Hiram Kinney           2       2       4
James Daley            3       2       5
Owen Salisbury         2       5       7    living in Gerry--see Kimball
F.W. Harvey            6       3       9
Alfred Wilcox          2       4       6
James Carey            4       2       6
Isaac Eddy             4       2       6
Loren Sherman          4       2       6
SamI. Barrett          6       3       9    d. 23 July 1872; President
                                            Chaut. Co. Bank
J.E. Budlong           5       3       8
R. F. Fenton           5       4       9    [Richard Flethcer]
Elisha Hall            2       2       4    d. 11 Nov. 1853 ae 54
C.R. Harvey            4       4       8
Solmon Grant           4       3       7    farmer d. Pierce Pond, Mich.
Isaac Eddy             6       4       2    d. 10 Feb. 1873 ae 71
Daniel Gibson          8       3       5
Lyman Crane            6       2       4    d. 7 Feb. 1866 ae 74; Sally,
                                            his wife, 9 July 1865 ae 69
Emerick Cruns          6       4       2
Aaron Taylor           7       3       4    d. 9 July 1864 ae 74; Marinda S.
                                            28 June 1886 ae 68
Ira Hart               6       1       5    d. 2 Apr. 1871 ae 81
Sedgwick Burham        6       2       8
Horace Allen           7       2       9    d. 3 Oct. 1862 ae 73
Woodley W. Chandler    5       2       7    d. 10 Feb. 1873 ae 81; d.in
                                            Levant leaving a widow & children;
                                            later a proprietor in Jamestown
James Merrill          4       3       7
Jas Merrill Jr.        3       3       6
Noah Schofield         2       2       4
Rufus Pier             4       4       8    d. 24 Dec. 1862 ae 74,
                                            Catherine 23 Feb. 1859 ae 61
James Prendergast      2       2       4
Dr. E. T. Foote        6       3       9    [Elial Todd]
Wm. Forbes             11      3       14
James Clark            2       1       3    d. in Busti 1861
D. Phillips            2       3       5
Jas. White             2       2       4
Eluba Allen            8       6       14   d. 13 Sept. 1830 ae 44;
                                            Isabell d. 11 Oct. 1834 ae 49
                                            [Elisha Allen?]
James Richard          5       4       9    ship carpenter ret. d. East
Sanford Holman         3       3       6
Dr. Labin Hazeltine    3       5       8    d. 1 May 1852 ae 62
Wilford Barker         3       3       6    d. 15 Feb. 1868 ae 66
Armory Sterns          8       2       10
Abner Hazeltine        2       3       5
John Frit              1       1       2    emigrated west with Mormans
Elmer Freeman          7       4       11   Hallen d. here in 1847
 

Total population     331 M   233 F   544 T

No. families           78
Taverns                2
Stores                 6
Groceries              2
Grist Mill             1
Saw Mills              4
Woolen factory         1
Clothier               2
Fanning                2
Tin & Sheet Iron       1
Shoe Shops             5
Blacksmith             5
Chair Factory          1
Sash                   1
Distillerys            2
Apothecaries           2
Tailors                3
Hatters                2
Saddlers               2
Wagon Maker            2
Cabbinet (Furniture)   2
Sawyers                3
Steamboat              1