History of CUTLER, New York
GAZETTEER and BUSINESS DIRECTORY
OF CORTLAND COUNTY, N. Y. FOR 1869.
COMPILED and PUBLISHED BY HAMILTON CHILD, SYRACUSE, NY 1869
CUTLER was formed from Truxton, November 18, 1858. It is the north-east corner
town of the County. The surface is a broken and hilly upland. The east branch of the Tioughnioga River enters the
town near the north-east corner and flows diagonally across, leaving near the center of the east line. The other
streams are small brooks, and most of them tributaries of the Tioughnioga. Muncey Hill, near the center, is the
highest land in the town, and is a wild, broken region, poorly adapted to cultivation. The soil is chiefly a sandy
and gravelly loam.
Mr. Joseph Sweatland kept the first inn in 1806, hanging his sign upon a tree;
and Oliver Mix taught the first school, in the bar room of the same tavern, in 1807. Tydaman Hull kept the first
store, in 1806, where Mr. Neil now lives. Wanton Corey, aged twenty years, and Deborah Morse, aged seventeen, were
the first couple married in town in May, 1806. Garret Lockwood and Irene Calver were married about the same time.
Benoni Harris was the first Methodist minister who preached in the town; in 1808. The sermon was preached in Slingerland’s
barn. Jabez Keep taught school in Daniel Morse’s log bousein 1800, and. Captain Thomas Queensbury, in Hollenbeck’s
barn, about; the same time. Joseph Sweetland built the first grist mill, in the north-east part of the town,on
lot 79, in 1805. John Corbet built the first saw mill about the year 1803. The first death in the town was that
of Mrs. Susannak Potter, wife of Nathaniel Potter, in June, 1795. Mr. Potter, his, daughter and a babe four months
old, were all the perSons present at her death. Mr. Potter went four miles for neighbors to lay out his wife, and
took the door of their log house with which to make a coffin, that being the only material at, band suitable for
the purpose. Wild animals were very numerous and the flacks and herds of the settlers frequently suffered from
their depredations. It was necessary to yard them at night to protect them. Mr. John Hooker had a cow killed by
wolves, and afterwards, having dug a pit to entrap the beasts, he caught seven, and received & bounty of $40.00