Reminiscences of Onondaga County, New York

Updated: Feb 5, 2019


Learn all about Onondaga, the people and the county in these valuable old books. You can read both online for free right here and now!


Title: Onondaga, or Reminiscences of Earlier and Later Times; being a series of historical sketches relative to Onondaga; with notes on the several towns in the county, and Oswego. By Joshua V. H. Clark, 1849. (Two volumes):


Volume 1 [Link]

  • Chapter 1. Indians. Origins of the term Indian and the names of different tribes

  • Chapter 2. Traditions of the Onondagas

  • Chapter 3. Pagan rites and ceremonies, beliefs, feasts, sacrifices, dances

  • Chapter 4. Pagan rites and ceremonies compared with Jews, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans

  • Chapter 5. Lives of Distinguished Onondage chiefs

  • Chapter 6. French missions and the introduction to French Roman Catholicism

  • Chapter 7. English, German and American missions

  • Chapter 8. Early history of the Onondagas and the Six Nations

  • Chapter 9. Early history continued. Council at Onondaga

  • Chapter 10. Reminiscences. Aboriginal names, Military tract

  • Chapter 11. Onondaga County officials, roads, census, etc.

Volume 2 [Link]

  • Chapter 12. Onondaga Salt Springs

  • Chapter 13. Erie Canal

  • Chapter 14. Syracuse, its rise and progress

  • Chapter 15. Notes on the towns: Salina, Geddes, Lysander, Cicero, Clay, Manlius, De Witt, Pompey, La Fayette, Marcellus, Skaneateles, Camillus, Elbridge, Van Buren, Fabius, Tully, Otisco and Spafford.

  • Chapter 16. Oswego

(Photo is frontispiece of Volume 1, "Os.Sa.Hin.Ta (Captain Frost) Head Chief of the Onondagas, 1845").

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