Announcements

At the April 10,2018 Town Board meeting, the Board reviewed the information that was gathered by the first survey concerning providing public water.  They felt that there was enough interest to warrant proceeding with the first step in a water project.

You may have seen the new addition to our Town on Peoria Rd. The new 500,000-gallon water tank. The tank is going to support the new Craig Station Creamery at Noblehurst Farms.

The Town Board is working with the Town of York on the project to bring water into Covington. Part of the agreement between the Towns is a guarantee of 50,000 gallons of water per day to help us establish water districts on the eastern areas of Covington. With this addition the Wyoming County Water Resource Agency has moved Covington to the head of the list to bring quality water to our residents.

Stay tuned for an exciting new year for our Town.

Town Information

The Town of Covington has a scholarship for 1 week at the 4 H camp this summer.  Anyone interested contact Jerry Davis at 585-584-3162 or javis85@hotmail.com

 

The Town of Covington, contracts with Wyoming County Real Property as our Town Assessor.  The tentative 2017 property tax roll is out and is available on the Wyoming County Website (http://www.wyomingco.net/150/Real-Property-Tax-Services).

 

Town Historian

Revolutionary War Veteran in Pearl Creek Cemetery

 

A search of the burial records from the Pearl Creek Cemetery revealed the internment of Stephen Wilkinson, a veteran of the American Revolution. Stephen was one of Covington’s earliest settlers.

Stephen was born January 29, 1755 in Providence, Rhode Island. His parents were Jeremiah and Elizabeth Amy Wilkinson and he was the brother of Jemima Wilkinson of the Universal Friend from Penn Yan, New York.

Stephen fought in the Battle of Rhode Island. He was a private in the Independent Company of Smithfield and Cumberland Rangers under Captain George Peck and Colonel Fry in 1777.

Stephen, along with his wife Lucy, settled in Covington around 1807 and purchased a large tract of land from the Holland Land Company. Following the War of 1812, he sold 267 acres of land to Benedict Brooks and Thomas Fisher.

Stephen died August 1, 1821 and was buried in the Pearl Creek Cemetery. Unfortunately his tombstone is now just a pile of rubble due to years of weathering.

The inscription on Stephen’s tombstone was:

“Softly his fainting head he lay

Upon his makers breast

His maker took his soul away,

And laid his flesh to rest

In God’s own arms he left his breadth,

That God’s own spirit gave,

His was the noblest road to death,

And his the sweetest grave

Stephen’s grave marker will soon get a new life as the result of the efforts of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). At present the DAR is waiting for the Veteran’s Administrations approval so that application for a DAR recognition marker may be applied. Until then, an American flag is placed annually at his burial site right next to his wife Lucy’s tombstone, along with other Covington veterans,

 

 

Town Bulletin Board