Place:Minerva, Essex, New York, United States


Coordinates43.783°N 73.983°W
Located inEssex, New York, United States
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Minerva is a town in Essex County, New York, United States. The population was 809 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Minerva, goddess of wisdom.

The Town of Minerva is located in the southwest corner of the county. It is north-northwest of Queensbury, NY, from Burlington, VT, south of Plattsburgh, NY, north of Albany, NY, 118 (190 km) miles south of Montreal, Quebec.



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The town was first settled around 1804 in the southeast part of Minerva, which has remained the center of the town's population.

The town was formed from part of the Town of Schroon in 1817. Part of Minerva used to be part of the Town of Newcomb until 1828. In 1870, Minerva was increased with territory taken from the Town of Schroon.

Notable residents

  • American Revolutionary War soldier Ebenezer West and his five sons founded the town.
  • Solomon Northup (1808-c.1863), a free African American who was kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years before regaining freedom, was born here and attended local schools. His book about his experiences was published in 1853, adapted in 1984 as a PBS TV movie directed by Gordon Parks and again in 2013 as a feature-length film directed by Steve McQueen starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.
  • Winslow Homer, nineteenth-century painter, was a summer visitor for several years.
  • Francis Donnelly was the nation's longest serving Town Supervisor; he served from 1934 until his death in 1980.

Research Tips

External Links

  • Outstanding guide to Minerva 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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