Catharine, New York

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Catharine is a town in Schuyler County, New York. The population was 1,930 at the 2000 census. The town is one of two in the county named after Catherine Montour, despite the variation in spelling of the name. The Town of Catharine is in the southeast part of the county and is north of Elmira, New York.

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History

Catharine's Town was located in the vicinity until destroyed during the Sullivan Expedition of 1779. The first settlers are thought to have arrived around 1788. The town was created by the New York State Legislature in 1798, with its first elections occurring in the same year. By 1805 the town had grown sufficiently that a Methodist congregation was formed in the eponymous hamlet of Catharine. However, an Episcopalian congregation was first to erect a church, St. John's, in 1811.

The town was formed in Chemung County before the formation of Schuyler County. Catharine was taken from the Town of Elmira (then called "Newtown") in 1798. Part of Catharine was used to form the Towns of Veteran and Catlin (both in Chemung County) in 1825. Catharine was further reduced by the formation of the Town of Montour in 1857. When Schuyler County was established in 1854, Catharine was removed from the remit of Chemung County.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.9 square miles (85.2 km²), of which, 32.3 square miles (83.7 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (1.82%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Chemung County. New York State Route 224 crosses the town and joins New York State Route 228 in Odessa, New York.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,930 people, 755 households, and 526 families residing in the town. The population density was 59.7 people per square mile (23.1/km²). There were 865 housing units at an average density of 26.8/sq mi (10.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.79% White, 0.57% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

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