(from "History of the original town of Concord")

Joshua Palmerton


Born: 3 Mar 1785 in Vermont, USA

Died: 12 Jul 1870 in Collins, Erie County, New York, USA

Father: (unknown) Palmerton (? – ?)

Mother: ?

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Hannah Nichols (1793 – 1870)

Married: 26 Jan 1812 in ?

Child: Joel Palmerton (1814 – 1815)

Child: Eliza Palmerton (1816 – )

Child: Elisha Palmerton (1816 – 1849)

Child: Lydia Palmerton (1818 – 1848)

Child: Joshua E. Palmerton (1820 – )

Child: Phœba Palmerton (1822 – )

Child: Joseph A. Palmerton (1824 – )

Child: Eunice N. Palmerton (1827 – 1852)

Child: Hannah Palmerton (1829 – 1848)

Child: James W. Palmerton (1831 – 1859)

Child: Mary Palmerton (1836 – )


Joshua was from Danby, Rutland County, Vermont, and was one of the original settlers in Collins in what is now Erie County, NY.

In 1809 he traveled with Stephen and Abram Lapham, and Stephen Peters, to inspect and select areas in which to settle. Joshua selected lands on the west part of lot 48 and contracted for these 12 Oct 1809; 125 acres for $250. (This area would eventually form the principal location of Collins Center.) After inspecting and selecting the land, they returned to Batavia to record their selections. The traveled on foot a distance of about 40 or 50 miles one way, with their needs in knapsacks.

In 1810, Joshua, along with Stephen Wilbur, followed an Indian trail from Esekiel Cook's home in East Hamburg to Turner Aldrich's home, located in what is now Gowanda, Cattaraugus County, NY. Turner and several others were already there, Stephen Peters arrived soon after. Joshua took a contract for lands on the east part of lot 50, where he eventually settled.

Stephen Wilbur and Joshua lived together in "bachelor's hall" that summer: they chopped three acres of timber and put up a log house for each.

On 14 Aug 1823, Joshua added the west part of lot 50, another 66 acres for $280.

During the early years in Collins, a panther attacked Joshua's dog. The dog was found alive but was severely wounded. (It wasn't recorded if the dog survived long after the attack.)

Joshua was a prominent member of the Society of Friends and preached widely, usually traveled on horseback, and was often sent for from long distances, to preach funeral sermons.

The Quakers in the area were organized early, with meeting houses by 1813 or 1814.

In 1829, in the "Joshua Palmerton and Smith Barlett" school district, the locals built a small frame school house, and found a teacher for summer school, John Pratt, who was willing to work for the meager salary the farmers were able to afford.

Around 1860, Joshua's household included his son Joseph and his family, and a boy of 11, Philip Weber, who was born in Germany.

By 1870, Joshua and Hannah were living in the home of their daughter Mary and son-in-law Thomas Paxton.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 23 Nov 2007, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

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1850 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth]
1860 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, notes]
1870 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, notes]
History of the original town of Concord
by Erasmus Briggs; Rochester, N.Y.; Union and Advertiser Company's Print; 1883. Subtitle: "Being the present towns of Concord, Collins, N. Collins and Sardinia, Erie County, New York" [applies to name, birth, death, marriage, notes]
Our county and its people: a descriptive work on Erie County, New York (Vol. 1,2)
by Truman C. White (editor); Boston: The Boston History Company; 1898 [applies to notes]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

Joshua is buried in the Route 39 Quaker Cemetery, located about .25 miles east of Kerr-Warner Road, in Collins. The date on his headstone may be 18 Jul 1873.