Parents with children in school in 1824.
The Rochester Public Library recently scanned a collection of early records from the Town of Wheatland. There is a book of Supervisor’s Records, 1834 – 1860. Also a book of Town Audits, 1830 – 1877. Then there is a whole book of people eligible for Juries, 1822 – 1866.
As you would expect there are a lot of tax records. Most of those records give a person’s name, how much land they own and the amount of tax they owe. There are tax rolls for 1843, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1848, 1849, 1851, 1852, 1903-1904, and one for 1945.
There are records related to the roads in the Town. This volume gives descriptions of where roads are located, 1823 – 1863 This volume also gives road descriptions, 1828 – 1901. Then this volume gives road taxes, 1826 – 1854. People were taxed for days of work to help maintain the early roads.
School records can be a very interesting genealogy record for your family. This volume gives the names of children in school district #1 (1850 – 1854) and number of days attended. Other school records have parents names, account records and sometimes number of days that students attended school. This volume is for 1824 – 1834, this volume for 1835 – 1844, this volume for 1845 – 1849 and this volume for 1860 – 1884. Plus there is this volume of legal document relating to building the new High School in 1927.
There are 4 volumes of chattel mortgages. Those are mortgages on personal property, not real estate. This volume is for 1842 – 1846, this volume for 1857 – 1863, this volume for 1864 – 1877 and this volume for 1877 – 1883.
The volume of Civil War records will be of interest to people with relatives from Wheatland that served in that war. It has records of enlistment and also records of bounty money that was paid to some recruits for enlisting.
One volume is titled “Miscellaneous and Curious Paper 1824 – 1885.” It has jury lists, law suits, a deed, lists of dog owners and indentures of 4 orphans to new families. Those orphans were:
- Alonzo M. Story, aged 1 year, in 1846
- Jane McCarty, aged 9 years, in 1859
- Margaret McCarty, aged 10 years, in 1858
- Caroline Francis Ruth Amelia Rockwell, aged 3 years, in 1858.
If you have relatives that lived in Wheatland in the early years, then you may find some data on them in these records.