History From America's Most Famous Valleys
The Book of
Especially Relating to The Early Palatines and the First Settlers in the
Compiled and Arranged by Lou D. MacWethy
Published by The Enterprise and News
St. Johnsville, NY. , 1933
Dedicated to the Memory of Two faithful coworkers who labored until called
Boyd Ehle, C. E.
Hubert W. Hess, A. B.
The demand for information concerning early Mohawk Valley Families led to the within publication. War, the great destroyer, not only levels immediate opposition but destroys records which embarrass succeeding generations. The early French and Indian wars took their toll, which followed by the ravages of the Revolution, removed many documents which would have been of assistance to the present generations. The early French and Indian wars took their toll, which followed by the ravages of the Revolution, removed many documents which would have been of assistance to the present generation. It was to rescue such information as was available which led to the undertaking in 1925 of publishing in the Enterprise and News, all material bearing on early days which came to hand. The movement caught the fancy of descendants of the Mohawk Valley in many parts of the country. Thus it came about that we enlarged the scope of our work and began a systematic search for individuals antedating the Revolution and especially pioneers. The undertaking presented an ever widening field until we were staggered even by the prospect. But through the loyal support of several historically minded sons of the Mohawk we were kept to the task. The present work is the result of combined effort of many interested individuals. We are moved to acknowledge these services but hardly know where to begin. Two devoted and enthusiastic supporters have passed away during the building of the book. In a way this book is a corner stone in the monument erected to their memory by their coworkers in the project. They were Prof. Hubert W. Hess and Boyd Ehle. The former was an early supporter of the movement. The latter gave liberally of his time and substance, especially in the matter of the London List and the Hunters Food List. These he procured at his own expense and carefully classified in order that posterity might the more readily trace their lineage. Other able assistants to whom we wish to make acknowledgment are L. F. Bellinger, Lt. Commander, U. S. N., retired who is an authority on the German Flatts settlement. He also traced out the names of those taking the oath of allegiance. For the Kocherthal Records we are indebted to the Lutheran Quarterly, of Harrisburg and for valuable comment and the life of Kocherthal we thank the Rev. H. F. Vesper of Canajoharie. For data on Stone Arabia we are indebted to the Rev. A. L. Dillenbeck of Johnstown and for assistance in the Roster of Oriskany we owe much to Nelson Greene, author of the "Gateway to the West" and several other valuable histories.
For assistance in locating the casuals in the various regiments we are indebted to many individuals. It would be impossible to enumerate them all.
When we consider that the book has been a gradual accumulation of facts covering several years of research, one can appreciate the difficulty in making all the proper acknowledgments.
The arrangement of the book will be found practical. In most cases the names are arranged alphabetically. This in an innovation. In no instance previously have these names been so arranged. It is possible in a very few minutes to trace an individual through all the developments following the initial appearance. Thus valuable time is saved.
A departure never before attempted by valley historians will be found in the Tryon County Militia in which casual records of individuals are attempted. From this a considerable number of individuals who were killed, wounded or took part at Oriskany are identified. This has taken a great amount of research and of course is not complete. It constitutes a start, however, towards a desired en.
The book is far from perfect. There are undoubtedly duplications and in some cases entire omissions. But so far as possible the original records have been followed and the spellings faithfully copied. The book is presented for just what it claims to be, a book of names. No attempt is made to trace descent or to amplify on the individual. The object for which we set out was to learn, if possible, who was who in the days of the first settlers. This book is the result. Wherever we found a name we incorporated it. We even went across the water and located the London List, because part of that list became our pioneers and our ancestors. The name is now available, and thus far the task is completed. The effort of tracing down from the common ancestor to the present is another task, and this we leave to the genealogist. Our task was to prove the name and individual as actually having existed. Having given the start we leave it to others to carry on.
D. MacWethy; St. Johnsville, N. Y. February 6, 1933.
History of the State of New York
Colonial Documents of the State of New York
The Clinton Papers of the State of New York
Greene's Gateway to the West, Nelson Greene.
Report of the State Historian, Colonial Series
Ecclesiastical Records of the State of New York
The British Museum, Manuscript Division, London England
The Manuscript Division, State Education Dept., Albany, N. Y. Edna L. Jacobson in charge.
New York in the Revolution, State of New York
Archives of the State of New York, Furnow
The Colonial Laws of New York
The Lutheran Quarterly Harrisburg
Frontiersmen of New York, Simms
Schoharie and the Border Wars, Simms
The Minutes of Tryon County, Frye.
Minutes of the Albany Committee of Correspondence, State of New York, Vol. 1.
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