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The Dann Farm in Walton, New York

THE DANN FARM IN WALTON, NEW YORK

Walton is to the west; Hamden to the East; Route 10 runs along the base of the hills in the background. Pine Hill is the large hill to the left.

Ebenezer Dan and his wife, Lydia Hoyt, purchased most of the land in the left 2/3 of the photo from Smith P. Townsend on July 4, 1837. An old family story holds that Ebenezer immediately took Smith's wife, Ann Eliza Townsend, "to Utica in 3 days," reason unknown. Some of the land was then sold to Ebenezer's brothers, Asa T., Darius and Matthew Dan. They cleared the land, sold the lumber in Philadelphia during the winter, and farmed. Over the years, the land passed back and forth between the brothers and their children (including Sarah Dan Signor), until it was eventually sold off. The last parcel was sold in 1924.

Reporting on the sale of the last parcel, The Walton Reporter stated: "The Dann homestead on the Hamden state road just outside Walton village has been sold by Frank W. Dann to Charles J. Proskine and Logan Gould, both of Walton, who take possession May first. The farm is one of the best in the town, consisting of 235 acres of which some 75 acres is river flat. The sale includes sixty head of registered Guernsey cattle, three horses and farm machinery. Mr. Dann has purchased the house of Mrs. D. W. Stearns on East street next to the West brook bridge and the family will move to the village. Mr. Proskine will remain in charge of the A. & P. store for a time. The sale of the Stearns house was made through the agency of H. S. Ogden."

submitted by Carolee Inskeep - posted to this website 27 September, 2011



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