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, the Roman goddess of wisdom.

The town is located in the southwest corner of the county. By road it is north-northwest of Queensbury, New York, southwest of Burlington, Vermont, south of Plattsburgh, north of Albany, and 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 was 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-born African-American kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years before regaining his freedom, was born here and attended local schools. His book about his experiences was published in 1853, adapted in 1984 as a PBS movie directed by Gordon Parks, and again in 2013 as a feature-length film.
  • Winslow Homer, nineteenth-century painter, was a summer visitor for several years. ([1])
  • Francis Donnelly was the nation's longest serving town or county official; he served as Minerva Town Supervisor and on the Essex County Board of Supervisors from 1934 until his death in 1980.

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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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