In July of 1860 S.G. True drove his carriage along the winding road near the Portage Gorge. He was on a mission - to "enumerate" the Town of Genesee Falls as part of the 1860 Federal Census. Among the places he stopped belonged to a newcomer - a middle aged businessman from Buffalo who had bought the old Smith tavern.
You will find below part of the information Mr True collected. It consists of data from the actual census, and includes the five households visited on each side of the newly established Glen Iris.
Please note that a (?) indicates problems reading the census. The numbers in parenthesis refer to the notes found at the end of census material. We have left off some unused columns, and shortened some of the column headings.
|567||57||Asabel Fancher||76||M||Mill Wright||200||200||NY|
|Polly C (?)||36||F||House work||100||NY|
|568||52||Merrit Davis||38||M||Master Carpenter||1300||370||NY|
|Olive E||7 (?)||F||NY||X|
|569||53||Susan H. Davis||67||F||Housekeeping||NY||X|
|Edwin B||27(?)||M||Farm Laborer||NY|
|571||54||Milan (?) Jones||36||M||Farm Laborers||NY|
|Georgy (?) W (1)||40||F (?)||Housekeeping||NY|
|572||55||William P Letchworth||36||M||Farmer||7,625||7,789||NY|
|56||J Watson Jones (2)||34||M||Farmer||NY|
|Marian G (?)||22||F||Housekeeper||Eng|
|Catherine O'Connell||18||F||House work||NY|
|575||58||Josiah G Wheaton||50||M||Carpenter & Joiner||600||500||NY|
|577||59||Isaac G(?) Brewster||38||M||Farm Laborer||NY|
|578||60||William T Davis||47||M||Bridge Watch||400||500||NY|
|Mariah A (3)||23||F||Tailoress||NY|
|Norman S||21||M||Day Laborer||NY|
|Nathan W||17||M||Blacksmith Trade||NY|
(1) This one was hard to read - the given name may have been George. Mr. True also tried to correct an error in the column indicating sex - it was hard to tell whether it was an "F" or not. Because of the "housekeeping", we went with the Georgy! (Remember - this was 1860!)
(2) It was indicated that J Watson and Marion had been "married within the year". It appears that this was J Watson's second marriage. Was Catherine a sister to Marion?
(3) This is "Aunt" Mariah Davis who later ran the first Refreshment stand just outside the Estate boundaries. (See Related image)