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Willink (Hamburg) History
Updated: 22 June 2014

Thanks to Jim Thoman of the for this information.

Please contact Jim Adams if you have additional information, photos, family histories, etc. that could add to these pages on the history of the Kinney family.

The town that became Hamburg was Willink....cousins Wilhem and Jan Williink Jrs came over from Netherlands bought some 300,000 acres of the 3 million acres of the Holland Land Company for their namesakes fathers Wilhem and Jan Srs.  The entire Holland Land Company pretty much surveyed all the land west of the Genesee river to Lake Erie in NY and a piece of PA, starting around 1780, except for what was Buffalo Indian Reservation.  They placed permanent posts, which are still used today.  The Willink cousins bought all the land which is now Williamsville, and part of the town of Amherst, Erie co, a good portion of the Niagara Gorge, and what is now Hamburg, Brant, Evans, Eden, Boston, Collins.  When the Town of Hamburg was incorporated 1812 from Willink land, Hamburg was all of now Hamburg, Orchard Park, West Seneca, Brant, Lackawanna, Woodlawn. 

All the land purchased now, all abstracts back to the Holland Land Company.  Joseph Elliott and crews surveyed the entire area, doing so in 10 yrs, pretty darn impressive! 

The northern part was first Niagara co, the southern part Cattaraugus co, which later broke down to the seven counties now considered Western New York, Niagara, Erie, Orleans, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Wyoming.