Place:Leicester (town), Livingston, New York, United States

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NameLeicester (town)
Alt namesLeicester
Moscowsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS36015079
TypeTown
Coordinates42.767°N 77.883°W
Located inLivingston, New York, United States
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Leicester is a town in Livingston County, New York, United States. The population was 2,200 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Leicester Phelps, an early inhabitant.

The Town of Leicester is on the west border of the county. The town has a village also named Leicester within itself. Leicester is west of Geneseo.

History

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The area was a major stronghold of the Seneca tribe until the American Revolution with three major villages: Little Beard's Town, Big Tree, and Squakie Hill. These three settlements were a target of the Sullivan Expedition in 1779, to end raids on American communities.

The town was first settled around 1789. The town was formed in 1802, but the name, originally spelled "Lester" or "Leister," was changed in 1805 to the current form. The town was later reduced in size by the creation of newer towns: Mount Morris (1813) and York (1819).

The Coverdale Cobblestone House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

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  • Outstanding guide to Leicester family history and genealogy resources (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Birth, marriage, and death records, town histories, cemeteries, churches, newspapers, libraries, and genealogical societies.


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