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Elmira in Chemung County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Elmira

 
 
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By Craig Swain, May 30, 2010
1. Elmira Marker
Inscription.
In 1808, "Newtown" was
officially renamed "Elmira"
after the daughter of
Nathan Teall, tavern owner
& prominent local citizen.

 
Erected by Chemung County Historical Society.
 
Location. 42° 5.308′ N, 76° 48.05′ W. Marker is in Elmira, New York, in Chemung County. Marker is at the intersection of West Water Street (State Highway 352) and Lake Street, on the right when traveling west on West Water Street. Touch for map. Located beside the Chemung County Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 415 West Water Street, Elmira NY 14901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Citizens Cascade (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 107th New York Volunteers (about 600 feet away); 1776-1796 (about 600 feet away); Chemung Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Ferry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dewittsburgh (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ross Gilmore Marvin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chemung County Korea and Vietnam Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chemung County World War I Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); AFL-CIO Veterans Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elmira.
 
Also see . . .
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By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
2. Elmira Marker

1. Elmira, New York. Elmira is a city in Chemung County, New York, US. It is the principal city of the Elmira, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses Chemung County, New York. The population was 29,200 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Chemung County. (Submitted on November 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. City of Elmira, New York. Official website of Elmira, New York. (Submitted on November 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Chemung County Historical Society and Museum. Take a walk through time and discover treasures from the past. The Chemung County Historical Society "brings history alive" through interpretive exhibitions, education programs, and publications that tell the countyís history. (Submitted on November 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Nathan Teall - Find-a-Grave. (Submitted on November 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. How Elmira got its name -- maybe. We've all heard urban legends, from albino alligators prowling New York City sewers to horrified people waking up in hotel bathtubs of ice only to discover that someone had stolen one of their kidneys. Urban legends make life entertaining and give cities something to boast about. So it does me proud to
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By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
3. Elmira Marker
know that my hometown, Elmira, has its own urban legend. It has to do with the name of our city. But this legend is part truth and part fiction. (Submitted on November 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

6. History: Elmira Teall, city namesake, a mystery woman. Newtown became Elmira, taking the name of Nathan and Polly Teallís daughter, but her history has been difficult to track. (Submitted on November 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Biography of Nathan Teall
Nathan Teall was a soldier of the Revolutionary war under General Knox, and on several critical occasions served as his messenger to General Washington, and was trusted with other important duties. In 1792 Nathan Teall settled in Newtown, New York, which town was afterward named Elmira, in honor of a member of the Teall family who bore that name.

Nathan Teall married Polly, a member of the Paine family. Her ancestors were among the Pilgrim fathers, who landed from the Mayflower at Plymouth in 1620. her father was a Colonel in the Revolutionary war. The family is one of well known influence and importance: branches of it are located at Albany, Syracuse, Geneva, Rochester, Sodus and other places in central New York. (Source: The Columbian Biographical Dictionary
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By Craig Swain, May 30, 2010
4. Elmira Marker
and Portrait Gallery of the Representative Men of the United States: Wisconsin Volume, Part 1
, edited by David Inman Nilke, Lewis Publishing Company, 1895.)
    — Submitted November 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
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Elmira Marker<br>Chemung County History Museum in Background image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
5. Elmira Marker
Chemung County History Museum in Background
Chemung County Museum image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 30, 2010
6. Chemung County Museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   4. submitted on June 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on November 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6. submitted on June 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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