Terre Hill, Woodard, New York
Terre Hill, Woodard, New York State: An essay by Patrick R. F. Blakley
Terre Hill in Woodard, NY is an area hidden in plain sight. Most people drive through Terre Hill and the Woodard, NY region without even realizing what’s actually there, or a lot of the history throughout the area. This essay illuminates some interesting facts about Terre Hill in Woodard, NY, and the surrounding area of Clay. Included with this essay is detailed family tree info for the Blakley and Postle families, a personal account of family relations and ties to Terre Hill, and ahnentafel reports for both Blakley and Postle families for future reference! The electronic document is available for free below, but if you’d like a professionally printed book it’s available on Amazon!
Fun fact: Terre Hill, PA was also well known for their cigar-making in Lancaster County, similar to Clay, NY which is home to New York’s Terre Hill! I can’t help but also note that residents of Terre Hill, PA pronounce their town name wrong! (Their pronunciation of “Terre” rhymes with “Berry“, rather than the way the French word is pronounced rhyming with “Hair“). Terre Haute, IN also gets it wrong, rhyming theirs with “Sarah,” which is also the most populated community using the word Terre in its name.
Below are some reference materials including maps and images referred to throughout the essay. The original sources are cited in the bibliography, but the interesting maps and materials are now all in one place below, check them out! You might also be interested in my family-related work on Blakley Road in Genoa, NY! This expands on some history with the Blakley side of my family and the town my grandfather grew up in.