SOME OF THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF SCIPIO
CAYUGA COUNTY NEW YORK by Austin B. Comstock
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Northeast corner to Seymour Partello of Westchester County, who kept it as a hotel till 1830 when he sold it to Moses T. Fell, who kept a hotel for two or three years. Fell sold to Henry Fischer*.
*Note: Comstock later spells this as Fisher.
It was during Sherwood’s ownership that Sherwood Corners became the county seat and until a court house and jail could be built, Judge Sherwood arranged to have court held in his tavern and also had a room in the southeast corner of the building made into a jail. The law making Sherwood the county seat was made through the influence of Amos Rathbone of Scipio and John Grover of Auburn, members of the Legislature in 1804. The law called for the appointment of a committee of three to choose a site and erect these two buildings at an expense of not more than $1,500; the supervisors of the county were directed to raise that amount by tax. The commissioners appointed were John Tillotson, Augusta Chidsey, and John Grover Jr., who never acted further than to designate the site, but before the building was started, the law was repealed on March 16th, 1805. Thus, Sherwood Corners held the honor for less than one year.
Hon. Edward Savage of Washington Co., Hon. James Burt of Orange Co., State Senators and Hon. James Hildreth of Montgomery Co. were appointed as a committee to look over the county and decide on a place for the county seat. It was first decided that Aurora should have the honor, and the residents of that village erected a building about 20 x 30 feet, built of oak plank made double, the two thicknesses being placed diagonal like this: XXXXXXXXXX, making it difficult to cut through it. The commissioners finally decided on Hardenburgh’s Corners and the jail was only used until the jail and courthouse could be built there. The jail at Aurora was finally sold and moved to Humphrey Howland’s house two miles west of Sherwood where it now stands.
During the time Henry Fisher owned the old tavern and adjacent property, he built the harness shop, now located in back of the Howland block. He also sold a lot to Horace Lapham in 1836, and built the house that did stand between Isabel Howland’s house and the Henry Koon house (north of the Sherwood corner). This house was moved a few years ago to the site of the first Hepsibeth Hussey school. Tiberius J. Bryant came in from Pennsylvania and bought the Lapham house, where he died in 1854. He was the father of Hannah C. King who owned this place for many years, as did her daughter Mrs. John Morrison. This house was only a few feet from the well on Isabel Howland’s south porch, the said well being on the line fence. The writer has a fine Franklin stove which Bryant brought with him when he came here about 1838.END OF PAGE 6