De Peyster, New York

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De Peyster is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, USA. The population was 936 at the 2000 census. The name is that of one of the land owners of the region, Frederic De Peyster, grandfather of John Watts de Peyster.



The town was first settled around 1802.

The town was established in 1825 from parts of the Towns of De Kalb and Oswegatchie. The town name was proposed to be "Stilwell" after a prominent resident, but the town was given its current name in the hope of obtaining some benefit from De Peyster.

Residents of note

Newton Martin Curtis, born in the town was a postmaster, brigadier general, and customs inspector.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.1 square miles (116.8 km²), of which, 43.1 square miles (111.5 km²) of it is land and 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²) of it (4.54%) is water.

The northeast town line is defined by the Oswegatchie River and the northwest town line is defined by Black Lake. Mud Lake is a smaller lake in the southwest of the town. The southeast town line is marked by Beaver Creek.

New York State Route 812 crosses the northern part of the town. New York State Route 184 is a northeast-southwest highway.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 936 people, 272 households, and 217 families residing in the town. The population density was 21.7 people per square mile (8.4/km²). There were 307 housing units at an average density of 7.1/sq mi (2.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.61% White, 1.07% African American, 0.11% Pacific Islander, and 0.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

There were 272 households out of which 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.9% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 16.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.44 and the average family size was 3.89.

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