Name Origins


Arsenal Street - Columbia Street
Adams - Smith's Mills
Adams Center - Adams Five Corners, Adams Centre
Black River - called by Indians Ka-hu-ah'-go meaning great or wide river
Carthage - Long Falls
Chaumont River - Catfish Creek
Clayton - Cornelia (1823), French Creek
Depauville - Catfish Falls
Dexter - Fish Island (Dexter was named after S. Newton Dexter of Whitesboro)
Ellisburg - Ellis Village
Felts Mills - Mid Road
Four Corners - Shantyville
Fulton - Oswego Falls
Wolfe Island - Gannin-k-not (Indian name; meaning straw, wheat, or grain?), Grand Island, Isle Buade
Heart Island - Hemlock Island, then Hart Island
Henderson - named for William Henderson
Henderson Harbor - Naples
Henderson Bay - Hungry Bay
LaFargeville - Log Mills
Lake Bonaparte - Lake Diana
Lorraine - Malta
Lyons Falls - High Falls
Mill Street (in Watertown) - where it crossed the river was called North Street
North Massey Street (in Watertown) - Madison Street
Oxbow - name derived from the large bend in the Oswegatchie River
Philadelphia - first called Elizabethtown, then Friends Settlement and also contained a area called Pogeland.
Pamelia - named after General Jacob Brown's wife
Plessis (also see below) - Flat Rock
Point Salubrious named because it was the only known point free of malaria.
Rodman - Harrison
Rome - Fort Stanwix
Big Sandy Creek - Burr's Mills
Sandy Creek - called by Indians Teka'daoga'he meaning sloping banks
Stone Mills - Collins' Mills
Theresa - High Falls, named for the daughter of James LeRay de Chaumont
Thousands Islands - The Indians called the 1000 Islands man-i-to-anna, which means the 'Garden of the Great Spirit'
Toronto - York
Utica - Old Fort Schuyler
Watertown - Great Falls, High Falls, Jefferson Village
Wellesley Island - Wells Island
Wilna - A location in Russia, original translation name - Vilnia (Vilenskaj)

{Most of the above from Marc's History of Jefferson County}

Also see:
Old Watertown Street Names

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