National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Kanestio Valley Chapter
11 December 1897
Hornell - Canisteo, New York

Promoting patriotism, education, and historic preservation in Steuben County, New York, since 1897


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The Chapter meets the second Saturday of the month thru the spring, summer and fall, winter meetings are determined by the weather. We also take part in various community events.

Kanisteo Valley Chapter identifies and marks the graves of Revolutionary War Soldiers

If you recognize any of the names on this page as your ancestor, or you think you have an ancestor that was a soldier or patriot, please contact the chapter.


"Canisteo" or "Kanestio" ?
Town of Canisteo Historian and DAR member, Leora Wilson Drake, wrote in a 1975/76 brochure, "We are indebted to the Senecas, of the Iroquois Confederacy, for the name of our town - Kanestio or Canisteo, as it is now used - Te-car-nase-teo, meaning literally 'board on the water,' but more generally construed to mean 'head of navigation'."

In 1690, a French expedition reportedly arrived to find a primitive boomtown inhabited by Indians and claimed it in the name of France.

The area had an outlaw reputation and the village was burned to the ground by the British in 1754.

Pioneers from Elmira searched for the famous "hidden valley" in 1788 and a permanent settlement was established in 1789.

The Canisteo River rises in the hills of northern Allegany County, approximately 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Dansville. It flows east into northern Steuben County, then generally southeast past Hornell and Canisteo. It joins the Tioga from the west in southeastern Steuben County, approximately 10 miles (16 km) north of the Pennsylvania state line and 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Corning.

On December 11, 1897, the Kanestio Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was granted a charter. The members were 20 patriotic women from the Hornell-Canisteo area.

Harriet Hopkins McConnell (Mrs. Benton), 1897-1903, was the organizing regent.

The chapter meets once a month, at the Kanestio Historical Society, in the months of April, May, June, September, October, and November. Weather permitting, we also participate in local parades and community events. The chapter also does a quarterly newsletter for members; this enables those who cannot attend meetings to keep up with current events. We have twenty-five members at present. New members are always welcome.

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Revolutionary War Monument Hornell, NY

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Soldiers of Canestio Valley Area
Revolutionary War Monument in Hornell, New York

Revolutionary War Patriots of current Members
Joshua Holcomb - CT
John Newell - MA
Albert Covenhoven - NJ
John Williams - RI
Nathan Hallett- NY
William Owens - VA
Henry Eckler - NY
John Inglasbe - MA
Henry Pensinger - PA
Bergon Isaac Brokaw - NJ
Uriah Stevens - CT
Peter Troxell - PA
Judge Edward Greene - RI
George Dennison III - CT
John Mosher - CT & MA
Christopher W. Fox - NY
Nathan Bennett - RI  
Samuel Andrus -CT 
Edward Downes - MA
Daniel Hamilton - MA

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