the facts for this map, there were several times that the information
found in many different sources was either very limited or just
plain inconsistent. That is the case with the story of what happened
(or did not happen) at Molyneaux Corners. The only source I could
find that actually describes the incident that happened at Molyneaux
Corners is in a book written by J. Howard Pratt entitled “Saga
of the Ridge.” In this book, Pratt related the details of
an encounter between some British soldiers and their Indian allies
and a New York State militia unit from Gaines, NY. A few British
and Indians had pursued the fleeing Lewiston residents beyond the
arsenal at Baer Road and came upon a tavern and barn at what is
now known as Molyneaux Corners. They burned the barn but spared
the tavern. After imbibing of some of the liquor, the soldiers and
Indians fell asleep. In the meantime, when some of the Lewiston
refugees reached the village of Gaines in what became Orleans Co.
they told the local militia of the horrific experiences they had
just endured. The militia promptly marched toward Lewiston. On their
way they came upon the tavern at Molyneaux Corners. They surprised
the sleeping drunken soldiers and Indians and took them prisoner.
It was stated that two Indians and a British soldier were killed.
was named for William Molyneaux who purchased the property in 1812.
A log tavern existed there before he purchased the property. In
1826 he built a large wood frame hotel at this location that lasted
about 100 years before it burned down.